Susceptibility to vaccine-preventable diseases in a sexually transmitted disease clinic population

Mary Allen Staat, Yen Len Tang, Anne E. Fresia, Neal Halsey, Julie Kacergis, Jonathan Zenilman

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Background and Objective: Sexually transmitted disease (STD) clinics often serve a population that has low medical care utilization. The objective of this study was to determine the susceptibility of an STD clinic population to vaccine-preventable diseases. Study Design: A cross-sectional study of immunization practices and susceptibility to vaccine-preventable diseases was undertaken by enrolling consecutive patients attending an STD clinic. Demographic information and a history of disease or immunization was assessed by interview. Immunity to measles and rubella was determined by measuring IgG antibodies by ELISA assays. Results: Of the 288 patients evaluated, the mean age was 28 years and 70.5% were male. Serologically, 16.3% were susceptible to rubella and 8% to measles. Only 8% reported hepatitis B immunization. Although measles protection was high, nearly one in six was susceptible to rubella. Hepatitis B immunization was severely underused. Conclusion: Baltimore STD clinic patients may benefit from an enhanced rubella and hepatitis B prevention strategy.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)331-334
Number of pages4
JournalSexually transmitted diseases
Issue number7
StatePublished - Aug 1998

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Dermatology
  • Public Health, Environmental and Occupational Health
  • Microbiology (medical)
  • Infectious Diseases


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