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Fewer needlestick injuries than expected occurred during immunisation campaign

BMJ 1996; 312 doi: (Published 18 May 1996) Cite this as: BMJ 1996;312:1303
  1. Ann R Haire,
  2. A Sharma
  1. Medical officer in educational medicine Consultant community paediatrician Sheldon Children's Centre, London SE5 7RN

    EDITOR,—The measles and rubella immunisation campaign in 1994 was the biggest mobilisation of immunisation services ever undertaken in Britain. This presented an opportunity to identify the rate of needlestick injuries and hepatitis B immunisation status during an immunisation campaign in staff working in the Southwark and Lewisham boroughs of London.

    Questionnaires were distributed to 42 nurses and 29 doctors who immunised children during the campaign. The response rate was 67% (n=28) for …

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