Tetanus Titer Blood Test
The Tetanus Titer Blood Test detects antibodies and helps determine if an individual has been vaccinated against or previously infected by tetanus.
What is a "titer"?
The term titer refers to the number of antibodies (a blood protein) detected within an individual's blood. The amount and range of antibodies directly correlate to the strength of the body's immune system. Therefore, titer tests are conducted to determine the immunity level to a particular disease.
What is the purpose of this test?
Order this Tetanus Titer Blood Test to detect antibodies and help determine if an individual has been vaccinated against or previously infected by tetanus. 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.
When should I order a Tetanus Titer 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.
Also available in the TDap Titer Blood Test Panel.
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