Maine 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 Maine, 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 Maine 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.
Frequently Asked Questions
Does Maine require you to titer test?
There is no state legislation that mandates Maine titer testing of its residents. However, certain industries, such as healthcare, may still require employees to meet specific immunization requirements where titer testing can be used.
What does a positive test mean in Maine?
When a Maine titer test is positive, it is indicated that a number of antibodies surpassing a set value have been detected within a blood sample signaling immunity against a certain infectious pathogen such as hepatitis B.
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.
Maine Antibody Testing Regulation
Under current law, there are no mandates that require general residents to undergo Maine titer testing for any specific reason. While not mandated, Maine antibody testing is a valuable tool that provides insight into personal immunity against a variety of infectious pathogens, including hepatitis B and measles. When a Maine titer test is positive, it means a certain number of antibodies have been found within a blood sample and signals immunity against a specific disease.
Outside of statewide law, it’s important to note that various industry employees may still face Maine titer testing regulations in the workplace. For those who work around high-risk individuals, such as healthcare workers, your place of work may require proof of immunization against numerous infectious pathogens to maintain employment. If so, be sure to discuss the use of titer testing with your employer to demonstrate immunity and avoid secondary vaccination.
Likewise, with numerous ongoing changes to COVID-19 workplace regulations, be sure to remain up to date with workplace policy. Discuss with your employer regarding any immunization mandates you may face as the situation continues to unfold.
Maine Antibody Industry Regulations
While the state of Maine currently possesses no laws that mandate titer testing of its residents, those employed in certain industries should remain mindful of required workplace immunization. Maine enforces a few immunization requirements for employees who are part of the healthcare industry.
According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, Maine law states that hospitals and long-term care facilities are required to mandate employee proof of immunization or documented immunity against measles, mumps, and rubella (MMR). Maine law additionally calls for employees of a designated healthcare facility, such as a nursing facility, to provide proof of immunization or documented immunity against hepatitis B.
Furthermore, child care facility employees born after 1956 are required to provide a Certificate of Immunization for measles, mumps, rubella, tetanus, and diphtheria. The use of prior vaccination records or Maine antibody test results can be used by employees to demonstrate such immunity. Speak with your employer regarding Maine titer testing to document immunity.
Whether it was previous infection or vaccination, a Maine antibody test can be used to demonstrate existing immunity to avoid any unnecessary vaccinations.