What is the Chickenpox?Chickenpox, also known as Varicella and Chicken Pox, is a disease caused by the varicella-zoster virus. It is trasmitted by droplets spread from the respiratory tract.
What are Symptoms of Chickenpox?Symptoms of the chickenpox typically include blisters and a flu-like syndrome. Symptoms are typically milder in children but the disease can greatly increase the risk of complications in older and immunicompromised adults and in pregnant women.
What is a Chickenpox Titer?The Chickenpox Titer is a blood test that checks if your immune to Chicken Pox, or Varicella. It measures your antibody levels to find out whether your immune system can respond to an infection with this disease. Some people have had the chickenpox and developed immunity to it that way. Other people have developed immunity through receiving the Varicella vaccine series when they are young and/or receive vaccine boosters as adults. As a consequence of either vaccination or prior exposure, people develop IgG antibodies to Chickenpox that provide immunity if they are exposed to the disease.
Why might I need a Chicken Pox Titer?When someone is a healthcare worker or student working in a healthcare setting, a Chickenpox titer is often required to prove immunity to this disease. This is in case the person is exposed to the disease in the healthcare setting.
I don't have a doctor or insurance. How can I get a Chickenpox Titer test?A Chicken Pox Titer can usually be done by your doctor or at a local clinic. If that is not an option for you, you can also search online for "Chickenpox Titer" and use one of the online services that offer the test.
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