Florida 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 Florida, 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 Florida 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 (titer tests) important?

Since Florida titer test regulations do not require titer testing and vaccinations, titer tests are used to ensure safety in the workplace. Titer tests check for the presence of antibodies in the blood and determine immunity to a specific disease.

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How much do antibody tests cost?

The cost of Florida antibody tests varies with different tests, but they generally range from $100-$200 for a single test. Many companies offering titer and antibody tests offer package deals for multiple tests at a discounted rate.

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Does Florida require you to test?

Florida antibody test regulations generally do not require employers to test for certain communicable diseases. However, employers may choose to comply with federal guidelines set by the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).

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What do titer tests test for?

Titer tests look for the presence of antibodies in the blood to determine if an individual has immunity to a certain disease. Common titer tests include MMR, Tdap, meningitis, hepatitis (A. B, and C), influenza, and varicella.

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What does a positive titer test mean?

Florida titer tests (antibody tests) analyze the blood for the presence of antibodies of a particular disease. The presence of antibodies determines that an individual has developed immunity to that disease. A person with a negative titer test should consider vaccination.

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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.

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Florida Antibody Testing Regulation

Florida titer test regulations and vaccination laws do not require vaccines or titer testing. However, certain high-risk industries such as healthcare may require certain vaccinations and should consider titer testing to help ensure the safety of their employees.

Although there are virtually no Florida antibody test regulations, federal guidelines should still be considered. The federal Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) offer immunization recommendations to healthcare workers and employees that are at risk for exposure to contagious and harmful diseases.

OSHA does not require COVID-19 vaccines but requires that employers develop policies regarding COVID-19 vaccination. Since COVID-19 vaccinations are not required in Florida, titer testing can be used to determine the presence of antibodies against this highly-transmissible disease.

Since Florida titer test regulations and vaccination laws do not require employers to mandate testing or vaccinations of any communicable disease, titer tests can determine if an employee is immune to these diseases. Proving immunity with titer testing prevents unnecessary or duplicate vaccinations and ensures a safe workplace.

Florida Antibody Industry Regulations

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Florida titer tests and vaccination laws cannot mandate the COVID-19 vaccine for teachers.
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Florida does not mandate immunizations for healthcare workers; however, the CDC recommends they be immunized against the following diseases:
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Influenza
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Hepatitis B
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Measles, mumps, and rubella (MMR)
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Varicella
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Tetanus, diphtheria, and pertussis (Tdap)
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Meningococcal
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The Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) strongly encourages that businesses with more than 100 employees require their workers to get vaccinated for COVID-19.
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OSHA requires that employers offer the Hepatitis B vaccine to employees that may face exposure in the workplace.

Relevant Florida Laws, Acts, and Legislation

Fla. Stat. § 1006.69 Vaccination against meningococcal meningitis and hepatitis B – This law requires colleges and universities to provide students with information about hepatitis B and meningococcal meningitis, including the risks, availability and effectiveness of vaccines. It also requires students living in on-campus housing to provide documentation of vaccinations. However, a student or parent can acknowledge receipt of the information and decline the vaccinations.

Citations

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"State Immunization Laws for Healthcare Workers and Patients." Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), https://www2a.cdc.gov/vaccines/statevaccsApp/AdministrationbyPatientType.asp?PatientTypetmp=Hospital%20Employees
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"Recommended Vaccines for Healthcare Workers." Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), https://www.cdc.gov/vaccines/adults/rec-vac/hcw.html#laws
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"COVID-19 Vaccination and Testing ETS." United States Department of Labor, Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA), 25 January 2022, https://www.osha.gov/coronavirus/ets2
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"Where Teachers Are Required to Get Vaccinated Against COVID-19." Education Week, 27 August 2021, Updated 7 December 2021, https://www.edweek.org/policy-politics/where-teachers-are-required-to-get-vaccinated-against-covid-19/2021/08
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"Florida State Vaccine Requirements." National Vaccine Information Center, https://www.nvic.org/vaccine-laws/state-vaccine-requirements/florida.aspx
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"Fla. Stat. § 1006.69. Vaccination against meningococcal meningitis and hepatitis B." Florida Legislature, http://www.leg.state.fl.us/statutes/index.cfm?App_mode=Display_Statute&Search_String=&URL=1000-1099/1006/Sections/1006.69.html
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"OSHA Fact Sheet – Hepatitis B Vaccination Protection." Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA), https://www.osha.gov/sites/default/files/publications/bbfact05.pdf