|Title:||Anti-hepatitis B surface antigen titres in vaccinated dentistry students at Damascus University|
|Abstract:||Dental practice carries considerable danger for acquiring bloodborne pathogens such as hepatitis B virus [HBV]. Vaccination against this virus is an important approach to reducing the infection. Post-vaccination test to confirm the seroconversion is important also. Over the period 1 March-31 May 2010, we assessed the efficacy of HBV vaccination among 91 fourth-year dental students at Damascus University, who were vaccinated under the mandatory Faculty of Dentistry programme. Anti-HBsAg antibody titres were determined in the blood samples using an enzyme immunoassay to measure; >/= 10 IU/mm was considered an adequate response titer. Seven of the 91 dentistry students [7.7%] had anti-HBs antibody titre < 10 mIU/mL. The frequency of unresponsiveness was significantly higher with smoking [P = 0.012] and alcohol consumption [P = 0.014]. Anti-HBs test should be included in routine immunization services of the School of Dentistry at Damascus University|
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