The Student Titers Panel panel contains 4 tests with 10 biomarkers.
Brief Description: The Student Titers Panel is a comprehensive set of tests designed to assess immunity against common infectious diseases, particularly relevant for students entering certain educational programs, especially in healthcare fields. This panel includes tests for Hepatitis B Surface Antibody, Quantitative, Measles IgG Antibody, Mumps IgG Antibody, Rubella IgG Antibody, QuantiFERON Tuberculosis, and Varicella-Zoster Virus IgG Antibody. This panel is crucial for verifying immunity, either from previous vaccinations or natural infections, and ensuring the safety of the student and public health.
Collection Method: Blood Draw
Specimen Type: Serum
Test Preparation: No preparation required
Please Note: Varicella-Zoster Virus Antibody IgG #4439 reliably measures immunity due to previous infection but may not be sensitive enough to detect antibodies induced by vaccination. Thus, a negative result in a vaccinated individual does not necessarily indicate susceptibility to VZV infection. A more sensitive test for vaccination-induced immunity is Varicella Zoster Virus Antibody Immunity Screen, ACIF #14505.
When and Why the Student Titers Panel May Be Ordered
The Student Titers Panel is often ordered for students entering programs that require proof of immunity to specific infectious diseases, such as medical, nursing, or other healthcare-related fields. It's also relevant for individuals who may have lost their vaccination records or are unsure of their immunity status. The panel helps institutions maintain a safe learning and working environment by minimizing the risk of disease outbreaks.
What the Student Titers Panel Checks For
Hepatitis B Surface Antibody, Quantitative: Measures the level of antibodies against the hepatitis B virus, indicating immunity from a past vaccination or recovery from a previous infection.
Measles IgG Antibody: Assesses immunity to measles by detecting the presence of IgG antibodies, typically resulting from vaccination (MMR) or a past measles infection.
Mumps IgG Antibody: Detects IgG antibodies against the mumps virus, indicating immunity due to vaccination or previous infection.
Rubella IgG Antibody: Measures IgG antibodies to rubella (German measles), showing immunity from either vaccination or natural infection.
QuantiFERON Tuberculosis: A blood test that helps detect tuberculosis (TB) infection by measuring the immune response to TB bacteria.
Varicella-Zoster Virus IgG Antibody: Determines immunity to varicella (chickenpox) by detecting IgG antibodies, indicative of infection.
Conditions and Diseases Detected by the Panel
This panel aids in assessing immunity against several conditions:
Hepatitis B: A liver infection caused by the hepatitis B virus. The presence of surface antibodies indicates immunity.
Measles, Mumps, and Rubella: Highly contagious viral diseases preventable by the MMR vaccine. Positive IgG antibodies for each indicate immunity.
Tuberculosis: A potentially serious infectious disease affecting the lungs. The QuantiFERON test helps identify latent or active TB infections.
Varicella (Chickenpox): A common childhood illness characterized by an itchy rash and flu-like symptoms. IgG antibodies confirm immunity.
Using the Student Titers Panel in Treatment and Monitoring
Healthcare professionals use this panel to:
Verify Immunization Records: Confirm immunity to key infectious diseases, fulfilling school or program entry requirements.
Guide Vaccination Plans: Identify the need for booster shots or initial vaccinations for students lacking immunity to these diseases.
Monitor Tuberculosis Status: In individuals at risk or with potential exposure to TB, the QuantiFERON test helps in deciding on further testing or treatment.
The Student Titers Panel is an essential tool in public health and educational settings, ensuring that students entering healthcare and related fields are immune to certain infectious diseases, thereby protecting themselves and those around them. By providing a clear picture of an individual's immunity, this panel plays a crucial role in disease prevention and control within communal and healthcare environments, contributing to the overall well-being and safety of the community.
We advise having your results reviewed by a licensed medical healthcare professional for proper interpretation of your results.