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Seroepidemiology of hepatitis A virus in Iranian soldiers in 2006: Do they need vaccination?

(2007) Seroepidemiology of hepatitis A virus in Iranian soldiers in 2006: Do they need vaccination? Hepatitis Monthly. pp. 7-9. ISSN 1735-143X

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Background and Aims: Since hepatitis A virus is a contagious viral infection, crowded military quarters are a fertile ground for the spread of this disease. This study sought to evaluate immunity against hepatitis A virus among Iranian military draftees so as to determine whether or not universal vaccination for the armed forces is necessary. Methods: This cross-sectional study randomly selected 800 army draftees in Tehran, the capital city of Iran in 2006. Demographic data, namely age, occupation before call-up, education, and time of in-service, were collected. Five ml of blood was taken from all the subjects; the blood samples were then centrifuged and their serum was examined by the Elisa test with a broad test of Abbott-hepatitis A virus AS META-AXSYM system for total hepatitis A virus antibody. The data were subsequently analyzed with SPSS software, t-test, and Mann-Whitney's test. P<0.05 was considered significant. Results: All the 800 soldiers were male with a mean age of 19 +/- 1SD years, and 702 (88) of them were holders of a high school diploma with the rest being school dropouts. 781(97.63) of the subjects had anti-hepatitis A virus antibody while the other 19 (2.37) did not. Conclusions: That 97.63 of the army draftees recruited into our study were immune to hepatitis A virus is an indication that vaccination for hepatitis A is not necessary for Iranian military conscripts at this juncture.

Item Type: Article
Keywords: soldiers hepatitis A virus antibody vaccination risk seroprevalence Gastroenterology & Hepatology
Page Range: pp. 7-9
Journal or Publication Title: Hepatitis Monthly
Journal Index: ISI
Volume: 7
Number: 1
ISSN: 1735-143X
Depositing User: مهندس مهدی شریفی

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