Tetanus immunization among healthcare professionals: cross-sectional study in Turkey

  • Merve Sefa Sayar Departments of Infectious Diseases and Clinical Microbiology, Bursa Yuksek Ihtısas Training and Research Hospital, Bursa, Turkey https://orcid.org/0000-0002-0436-4122
  • Mustafa Özgür Akca Departments of Infectious Diseases and Clinical Microbiology, Bursa Yuksek Ihtısas Training and Research Hospital, Bursa, Turkey
  • Ali Asan Departments of Infectious Diseases and Clinical Microbiology, Bursa Yuksek Ihtısas Training and Research Hospital, Bursa, Turkey https://orcid.org/0000-0002-8856-7356
  • Ali Gümüş Departments of Infectious Diseases and Clinical Microbiology, Bursa Yuksek Ihtısas Training and Research Hospital, Bursa, Turkey https://orcid.org/0000-0002-1131-4780
  • Sibel Yorulmaz Göktaş Departments of Infectious Diseases and Clinical Microbiology, Bursa Yuksek Ihtısas Training and Research Hospital, Bursa, Turkey https://orcid.org/0000-0003-1168-7453
  • İsmail Necati Hakyemez Departments of Infectious Diseases and Clinical Microbiology, Bursa Yuksek Ihtısas Training and Research Hospital, Bursa, Turkey https://orcid.org/0000-0001-6133-9604
  • Özgür Dağlı Departments of Infectious Diseases and Clinical Microbiology, Bursa Yuksek Ihtısas Training and Research Hospital, Bursa, Turkey
  • Çınar Öztürk Departments of Infectious Diseases and Clinical Microbiology, Bursa Yuksek Ihtısas Training and Research Hospital, Bursa, Turkey
Keywords: Healthcare professionals, tetanus toxoid, vaccination

Abstract

Introduction: Vaccine-preventable diseases can be effectively managed through timely vaccine booster doses. In this study, the tetanus vaccination status of healthcare professionals and their level of knowledge about tetanus vaccination were investigated

Methodology: The data were obtained through a survey questionnaire from 336 healthcare professionals. The survey participants were recruited on a voluntary basis among the personnel working in a tertiary hospital between 1 July 2021 and 30 September 2021. The participants were asked about their tetanus vaccination status and general awareness about the tetanus vaccine.

Results: The survey participants included nurses (41.4%, n = 139), doctors (39.9%, n = 134) and support unit personnel (18.8%, n = 63). The support unit personnel had insufficient knowledge about military service period, pregnancy period, vaccination of women aged 15-49 years, and the necessity of booster tetanus vaccine every 10 years. Interestingly, the nurses had significantly inadequate knowledge of geriatric tetanus vaccination.

Conclusions: Although the tetanus immunization program is widely implemented throughout the country, our study concluded that it is necessary to educate healthcare professionals on the importance of the tetanus vaccine.

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Published
2022-10-31
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Sayar MS, AkcaM Özgür, Asan A, Gümüş A, Yorulmaz GöktaşS, Hakyemez İsmail N, Dağlı Özgür, Öztürk Çınar (2022) Tetanus immunization among healthcare professionals: cross-sectional study in Turkey. J Infect Dev Ctries 16:1596-1601. doi: 10.3855/jidc.16787
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