Vaccination coverage among medical residents in Paris, France

Clin Microbiol Infect. 2012 May;18(5):E137-9. doi: 10.1111/j.1469-0691.2012.03788.x. Epub 2012 Mar 9.


Medical residents are particularly exposed to the risk of occupational infection. We aimed to determine the vaccination coverage in residents with an anonymous self-reporting electronic questionnaire. A total of 250 residents took part in this survey. Vaccination rates were particularly high for mandatory vaccinations (diphtheria, tetanus, poliomyelitis, hepatitis B virus and tuberculosis). Regarding recommended vaccinations (influenza, 45.6%; pertussis, 65.2%; measles, 62.8%; varicella, 62.8%), rates were insufficient to prevent hospital epidemics, but higher than those reported in other healthcare workers. Further immunization programmes should target residents, and not only senior healthcare workers, with a critical role for occupational medicine departments.

MeSH terms

  • Adult
  • Communicable Disease Control
  • Cross Infection / prevention & control*
  • Female
  • France
  • Health Care Surveys
  • Humans
  • Immunization Programs
  • Internet
  • Internship and Residency / statistics & numerical data*
  • Male
  • Occupational Diseases / prevention & control*
  • Paris
  • Self Report
  • Vaccination / statistics & numerical data*
  • Young Adult