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Abstract

The Occupational Safety and Health AdminMmh“on regulations of 1992 require that health care facility employees at risk of bloodbome pathogen exposure be provided the hepatitis vaccine at no charge. Students in health occupation education are not covered under these regulations even though they are at risk. Little is known concerning student protection during their program of study. In order to establish baseline information, a survey was conducted to determine whether or not licensed practical nursing programs in Virginia maintained policies and procedures for students to obtain the hepatitis vaccine. Findings indicate that 68% of the responding programs have a hepatitis policy, and 49% of the programs have 80% or more of their students protected by the hepatitis vaccine. It is recommended that all states should determine if their health occupations education students are protected with the hepatitis vaccine.

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