Validity of self-reported vaccination status among French healthcare students

Publié le 1 December 2014
Mis à jour le 10 septembre 2019

Data on validity of self-reported vaccinations are scarce. This study, performed on healthcare students in Paris (France), aimed to evaluate this validity for occupational vaccinations. The validity of self-reported vaccination status was compared with written information. A total of 432 students were enrolled. Sensitivity rates for BCG, hepatitis B and measles were over 74%. For diphtheria-tetanus-polio and pertussis, sensitivity was below 50%. Specificity was between 70 and 95% for dTP-pertussis, and below 35% for all others. Overall, the validity of self-reported information was low, meaning that checking medical records remains the preferable strategy for assessing immunization status.

Auteur : Loulergue P, Pulcini C, Massin S, Bernhard M, Fonteneau L, Levy Bruhl D, Guthmann JP, Launay O
Clinical microbiology and infection, 2014, n°. 12, p. O1152-4