Infection Control & Hospital Epidemiology

Concise Communication

Hepatitis B Vaccination Coverage and Documented Seroprotection among Matriculating Healthcare Students at an Academic Institution in the United States

Rania A. Tohmea1a2 c1, Bruce Ribnera3, Michael J. Hueya3 and Philip R. Spradlinga2

a1 Epidemic Intelligence Service, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, Atlanta, Georgia

a2 Division of Viral Hepatitis, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, Atlanta, Georgia

a3 Emory University, Atlanta, Georgia

We evaluated hepatitis B vaccination coverage and documentation of antibody to hepatitis B surface antigen (anti-HBs) concentration among a cohort of healthcare students. Of 4,075 students, 59.8% had documentation of vaccination and 83.8% had anti-HBs concentration greater than or equal to 10 mIU/mL. Documenting hepatitis B vaccination and anti-HBs concentration among healthcare students is needed to prevent transmission in healthcare settings.

(Received January 04 2011)

(Accepted March 28 2011)