Idaho 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 Idaho, 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 Idaho 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

Does Idaho require you to titer test?

Idaho titer test regulations and vaccination laws do not require employers to mandate titer testing or vaccination among their employees in most situations. However, industries such as healthcare may require employees to be vaccinated against certain communicable diseases to protect vulnerable populations. In this case, titer testing may be used by employees as proof of immunity.

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What is different from federal regulations?

Certain vaccines, like influenza and hepatitis, are not required by the state, but recommended under federal guidelines.

Federal guidelines were established from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and the Occupational Health and Safety Administration (OSHA).

The CDC recommends that employees in high-risk industries, such as healthcare, receive vaccinations or prove immunity to the following diseases:

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Varicella
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Hepatitis B
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Meningitis
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Tetanus, Diphtheria, and Pertussis (Tdap)
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Measles, Mumps, and Rubella (MMR)
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Influenza

In addition to CDC recommendations, OSHA recommends that people in high-risk industries be fully vaccinated for COVID-19.

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Why are antibody tests (titer tests) important?

Titer tests in Idaho can be used by employees required to show their immunity to a particular disease, to avoid being vaccinated. Titer testing is used to ensure that a workplace is safe from infectious disease.

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How much do antibody tests cost?

The cost of antibody tests varies depending on the lab analyzing the tests and which diseases are being tested for. Antibody tests range from about $100-$200 for one single test. Some companies offer discounted rates for multiple test packages.

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What do titer tests test for?

Titer tests check the blood for the presence of antibodies for certain contagious diseases. These diseases include measles, mumps, rubella, tetanus, diphtheria, pertussis, hepatitis, varicella, meningitis, and COVID-19. The presence of antibodies in the blood means that person has immunity.

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What does a positive titer test mean?

A positive titer test means that a person’s blood contains antibodies for a contagious disease. The presence of antibodies means that an individual has immunity to that disease. A negative test means that person is not immune and 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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Idaho Antibody Industry Regulations

Idaho antibody test regulations and vaccine laws generally do not require employers to make vaccines mandatory for employees. But there are some exceptions, such as employees at federally-funded state universities, for example.

Although the state of Idaho doesn’t mandate vaccinations among healthcare workers, the state does recommend following the CDC’s recommendations.

Although Idaho antibody test regulations and vaccine laws do not require vaccines, some employers may choose to require vaccinations for employees who work with vulnerable vaccinations. In this case, titer testing may be used to determine immunity, ensuring a safe workplace while allowing workers to avoid vaccination if they are already immune to that disease. Idaho employers in high-risk industries may choose to follow federal vaccination recommendations.

In Idaho, high-risk industries include:

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Frontline workers
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Agriculture
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Flight crews
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Utility workers
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Postal service employees

Relevant Idaho Laws, Acts, and Legislation

In Idaho, employees on federally-funded contracts, like state university employees, must be vaccinated against COVID-19.

Citations

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“Adult Immunization.” Idaho Department of Health & Welfare, https://healthandwelfare.idaho.gov/services-programs/children-families/adult-immunization
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Richert, Kevin. “Idaho’s universities will follow vaccine mandate – at least for now.” Idaho Ed News, 2 November 2021, https://www.idahoednews.org/news/idahos-four-year-schools-will-follow-vaccine-mandate-at-least-for-now/
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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
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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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Van Hyning, Celina. “Idaho Dept. of Health and Welfare announces frontline, other essential workers will be eligible for vaccination starting March 15.” KTVB, 2 March 2021, https://www.ktvb.com/article/news/health/coronavirus/vaccine/idaho-health-welfare-covid-meeting-vaccine/277-a73001b3-82c0-4266-98ca-9221d84918de
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“State Immunization Laws for Healthcare Workers and Patients – Influenza.” Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), https://www2a.cdc.gov/vaccines/statevaccsApp/AdministrationbyVaccine.asp?Vaccinetmp=Influenza
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“Protecting Workers: Guidance on Mitigating and Preventing the Spread of COVID-19 in the Workplace.” United States Department of Labor, Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA), https://www.osha.gov/coronavirus/safework