HEPATITIS B: KNOWLEDGE, AWARENESS, VACCINATION AND SEROLOGICAL STATUS OF VOCATIONAL SCHOOL OF HEALTH SERVICES STUDENTS AT A STATE UNIVERSITY IN TURKEY


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Hançer Aydemir D.

ROMANIAN JOURNAL OF INFECTIOUS DISEASES, vol.24, no.2, pp.94-102, 2021 (Refereed Journals of Other Institutions)

  • Publication Type: Article / Article
  • Volume: 24 Issue: 2
  • Publication Date: 2021
  • Doi Number: 10.37897/rjid.2021.2.6
  • Title of Journal : ROMANIAN JOURNAL OF INFECTIOUS DISEASES
  • Page Numbers: pp.94-102

Abstract

Aim. In this study, the aim is to evaluate the knowledge level about hepatitis B (HBV) of the students receiving

education in vocational school of health services, who are a risky group for HBV infection, and to

examine their awareness and immune status.

Material and methods. The data of this research was collected by a questionnaire prepared by the researcher.

The sample in the study consisted of 537 (81.4%) students. The data were evaluated using the

SPSS 16.0 package program. Frequency, percentage, Pearson chi-square and Fisher's exact test was

used in the analyzation of the data.

Outcomes and conclusions. It was determined that the students who participated in the research did

not show sufficient sensitivity to get vaccinated against HBV and to know their serological status. It was

also identified that they had a lack of knowledge and/or did not have clear information about the modes of

transmission of HBV, its treatment, and that HBV may cause cirrhosis. The results of this research will guide

students in the trainings to be given in order to raise their awareness on this subject and to ensure that they

are immunized before they start working and have practical training in the field of healthcare.