Tetanus and Diphtheria Antibody Profile Blood Test
The Tetanus and Diphtheria Antibody Profile Blood Test detects antibodies and helps determine if an individual has been vaccinated against or previously infected by tetanus and diphtheria.
What is the purpose of this test?
Order this Tetanus and Diphtheria Antibody Profile Blood Test to detect antibodies and help determine if an individual has been vaccinated against or previously infected by diseases such as tetanus and diphtheria.
Tetanus, also known as "lockjaw," is an infection caused by Clostridium tetani bacteria. Clostridium tetani spores can be found everywhere in the environment, including soil, dust, and manure. Once these bacteria enter the body, they produce a toxin that causes painful muscle spasms leading an individual's neck and jaw muscles to lock. These muscle spasms can also spread to other parts of the body.
Diphtheria is an infection caused by strains of Corynebacterium diphtheriae, which usually affects the nose and throat. Diphtheria is contagious and spreads through respiratory droplets, like coughing or sneezing. In addition, individuals can contract this disease by touching infected open sores or ulcers.
When should I order a Tetanus and Diphtheria Antibody Profile Blood Test?
Often certain companies or institutions require their workers or students to provide proof of immunizations. This blood titer test can determine if an individual has antibodies to a disease because they've received a vaccination or already have the disease and are no longer susceptible. If not, individuals will generally need a vaccine or a booster. Individuals are advised to contact their healthcare provider for further questions regarding immunity.
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