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    Title: Low seroprevalence of hepatitis B surface antibody among nursing students in Taiwan: An implication for boosting
    Authors: Ching-Chiang Lin;Chen-Kang Chang;Yeou-Lih Huang;Hung-Fu Tseng
    Contributors: 輔英科技大學 醫學檢驗生物技術系
    Keywords: Hepatitis B virus;Vaccination;Seroprevalence
    Date: 2007-12-01
    Issue Date: 2010-10-29
    Abstract: The national hepatitis B vaccination program in Taiwan began in July 1984. The purpose of this repeated survey was to investigate the levels of anti-HBs (hepatitis B surface antibody) in the first-year students of a 5-year nursing program in Taiwan. Each year during 2000–2006, the entering students of the 5-year nursing program at Fooyin University, a vocational university located in southern Taiwan, were examined for their HBsAg and anti-HBs status using commercially available microparticle enzyme immunoassay. The seroprevalence of HBsAg (+) showed a significant trend of decrease, dropping 57% from 4.9% in 2000 to 2.1% in 2006. The seroprevalence of anti-HBs (+) also showed a significant trend of decrease, dropping 49% from 77.1% in 2000 to only 39.7% in 2006. With the relatively low seroprevalence of anti-HBs (+) of the future healthcare workers and high HBV endemicity in Taiwan, recommendation of serology test before boosting to nursing students before they proceed their clinical practice is prudent.
    Relation: Vaccine 25(51),8508-8511
    Appears in Collections:[醫學檢驗生物技術系] 期刊論文

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