Arkansas Titer Testing

Many industries, such as healthcare or education, will require proof of vaccination or immunity against certain diseases. Some people may have no proof of their immunity, or they may be uncertain about their vaccination status. For people who need to provide proof of immunity to an employer in Arkansas, Health Street offers antibody testing that can identify if a person has previously been infected with a specific disease or virus. We offer a variety of antibody testing services that can test for different antibodies, such as varicella (Chickenpox), hepatitis A, hepatitis B, hepatitis C, measles, mumps, rubella, or COVID-19.

Registering online for a titer test in Arkansas is easy. Simply click the “Register Now” button below. If you have questions regarding our services or would like to schedule your appointment via phone, we can also be reached at (888) 378-2499.

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Frequently Asked Questions

Why are antibody tests important?

Antibody testing can determine if a person has immunity against certain diseases. This process may be necessary for those who are unsure of their vaccination status, or for employers that require proof of immunity to diseases. Testing for antibodies in the blood is also commonly performed to avoid unnecessary vaccinations for someone who has already developed immunity.

How much do antibody tests (titer tests) cost?

This depends on which type of antibody test is ordered. Health Street offers a variety of individual antibody testing services as well as package deals. For a comprehensive list of antibody tests and pricing, take a look at our antibody test registration page.

How long are titer tests good for?

Titer test results are records of whether a person has tested positive or negative for immunity against certain diseases. Depending on the type of disease, some employers may require employees to periodically test for antibodies, and may require employees to receive certain vaccinations before they are permitted to work. The frequency of testing depends on many factors, including the industry and the type of disease or vaccine. For more information about specific diseases and the recommended vaccine schedule, try taking a look at our Vaccines & Immunizations page.

Arkansas Antibody Testing Regulations

For reasons such as college enrollment and employment in certain industries, an individual may be required to undergo antibody testing to prove immunity against various disease types, including chickenpox and now more recently, COVID-19. If you require antibody testing, it’s important to remain aware of any antibody testing laws in the state of Arkansas.

Under current Arkansas law, there are no laws or regulations which mandate that residents must undergo antibody testing for any sort of reason. However, for situations such as school enrollment or job employment that would require various vaccinations, a titer test can be used to prove immunity, possibly eliminating the need to comply with certain vaccination requirements.

In fact, Arkansas lawmakers recently enacted SB 739 in regards to the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic and Arkansas antibody testing. Under this law, employers who mandate COVID-19 vaccinations for workers must now offer exemption to such mandates by allowing employees to undergo antibody testing twice per year as proof of immunity. Bear in mind, such laws are subject to change as the COVID-19 landscape continues to evolve.

Arkansas Antibody Industry Regulations

Certain industries such as healthcare, may mandate that workers show proof of vaccination or antibody testing to demonstrate immunity against various diseases like hepatitis B and measles. However, in the state of Arkansas, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) states there are

currently no immunization requirements for healthcare workers outside of ongoing changes to COVID-19 compliance. In regards to COVID-19 vaccination/antibody testing requirements, refer to your current workplace policy for specific guidance, as mandates can vary from facility to facility.

Under Arkansas law, hospitals have a plan in place to ensure that “all health care workers who are exposed to blood and other potentially infectious body fluids are offered immunizations for hepatitis B.” A hepatitis B titer test can be used to demonstrate immunity before undergoing vaccination.

Beyond Arkansas titer test regulations in the healthcare industry, we can find them in the education field as well. For certain colleges and universities in Arkansas, on-campus students must provide proof of immunity from Measles, Mumps, and Rubella (MMR). This process can be completed with either proof of vaccination or with the results of an Arkansas antibody test.

Relevant Arkansas Laws, Acts, and Legislation

For better guidance on existing Arkansas antibody testing regulations, check out the resource below:

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Code Ark. R. 007.05.17-18: This code requires that employers at facilities where health care workers are exposed to possibly infectious bodily fluids offer Hepatitis B immunizations.
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Arkansas Department of Health Immunization Requirements: Under the Authority of Ark. Code Ann. §§ 20-7-109, 6-18-702, 6-60-501 – 504, and 20-78-206, this guidance from the Arkansas DOH outlines various immunization requirements for public school and college-level students. Information also includes details on how Arkansas antibody testing (serologic testing) can be used to demonstrate immunity against Hepatitis B virus, Measles, Mumps, Rubella and Varicella for the student to be vaccine exempt.

Citations

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"SB 739." State of Arkansas, https://www.arkleg.state.ar.us/Acts/FTPDocument?path=%2FACTS%2F2021R%2FPublic%2F&file=1115.pdf&ddBienniumSession=2021%2F2021R
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"Immunization Administration Requirements For State: AR." Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, https://www2a.cdc.gov/vaccines/statevaccsApp/Administration.asp?statetmp=AR
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"Immunization Requirements." Arkansas Tech University, https://www.atu.edu/hwc/immunization.php
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"Rules and Regulations Pertaining to Immunization Requirements." Arkansas State Board of Health, https://www.healthy.arkansas.gov/images/uploads/rules/ImmunizationRequirements.pdf
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"Menu of State Healthcare Facility Hepatitis B Vaccination Laws – Hepatitis B Vaccination Laws for Hospitals." Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC)., https://www.cdc.gov/phlp/publications/topic/menus/hepatitisb/index.html
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"Code Ark. R. 007.05.17-18." Arkansas Secretary of State, https://www.sos.arkansas.gov/uploads/rulesRegs/Arkansas%20Register/2015/oct2015/007.05.15-001.pdf