Employees in nursing professions usually receive hepatitis vaccinations from the boss
Nursing workers are generally at an increased risk of contracting hepatitis A or B because they may have frequent contact with infected people. Usually the employer pays for the vaccination.
Vaccination for the elderly and nurses Elderly and nurses usually have an increased risk of contracting hepatitis A or B because they can have more frequent contact with the infected. As announced by Prof. Jürgen Bünger from the German Social Accident Insurance (DGUV), employers normally assume the costs of the necessary vaccination, because the employees in these occupations are exposed to an increased risk of infection. Therefore, they would be entitled to have the employer offer them vaccination protection.
Some bosses steal from responsibility The same applies to many employees in other health care professions and to rescue workers. But far from all employers do their duty. “The vaccinations are not cheap. In smaller companies in particular, bosses sometimes try to steal their responsibility, ”Bünger told the news agency dpa. If employees need a vaccination, the best thing to do is to contact the company doctor or the occupational safety specialist, because they should know whether the employer is obliged to cover the vaccination costs in a specific case.
Different ways of transmission Physicians are aware of five different hepatitis viruses (hepatitis A - E), all of which enter the body via different ways of transmission. For example, hepatitis A is transmitted via the fecal-oral route, for example via feces or urine to the hand and mouth. The transmission of hepatitis B occurs primarily through blood and mucous membrane contacts, for example during transfusions. Since people in nursing professions are often exposed to these risks on a daily basis, they are usually advised to be vaccinated. (sb)
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