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Type: Journal article
Title: Vaccinations for waste-handling workers. A review of the literature
Author: Tooher, R.
Griffin, T.
Shute, E.
Maddern, G.
Citation: Waste Management and Research, 2005; 23(1):79-86
Publisher: Munksgaard Int Publ Ltd
Issue Date: 2005
ISSN: 0734-242X
1096-3669
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Rebecca Tooher, Tabatha Griffin, Elen Shute and Guy Maddern
Abstract: A review of the literature relating to the need for vaccination against infectious disease in the solid waste industry was conducted, focusing on hepatitis A, hepatitis B and tetanus. Databases (Medline, PreMedline, EMBASE, CINAHL, Current Contents, Cochrane Database, HTA Database, DARE, OSHROM) were searched up to and including August 2003. Articles were included in the review if they reported the prevalence of immunity to hepatitis A, hepatitis B or tetanus in solid waste workers or the incidence of clinical infection with any of these diseases. Papers about hazardous or medical waste, incineration or other infectious diseases were excluded. Fortyfour papers constituted the evidence database. Only one paper studied the prevalence of antibodies to hepatitis A and hepatitis B in solid waste workers compared with sewage plant workers and office workers, and no difference was found between these groups of workers. There was some evidence to support a theoretical risk of infection with hepatitis A, B and tetanus; however, no studies could be found of the risk of these diseases in solid waste workers. No single cases of these diseases being acquired occupationally in solid waste management were identified in the literature. Workers in the solid waste industry may theoretically be at increased risk of acquiring infectious diseases occupationally. However, at present no studies could be found which have documented this risk.
Keywords: Waste management
infection
vaccination
solid waste
wmr 746–1
Description: COPYRIGHT 2005 Sage Publications, Inc.
DOI: 10.1177/0734242X05048037
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