Massachusetts 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 Massachusetts, 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 Massachusetts 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 Massachusetts require you to titer test?

In the state of Massachusetts, there are no titer testing regulations that require residents to undergo routine titer testing. However, it’s important to note that industries such as healthcare enforce immunization requirements where titer testing can be used.

How often do you have to get tested?

Although there are no Massachusetts titer testing regulations that mandate testing, employees at risk of infection, including those part of the healthcare industry, should consider annual titer tests to understand their levels of ongoing immunity against various infections.

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.

Massachusetts Antibody Testing Regulations

In the state of Massachusetts, there are no state laws or legislation that mandate the routine titer testing of its residents. However, a Massachusetts titer test is a valuable tool that can provide great insight into immunity levels against a variety of infections. A positive Massachusetts antibody test indicates the detection of antibodies produced by vaccination or the response of the immune system from a prior infection, and signals immunity against pathogens such as measles and mumps.

Although there are no statewide laws that require residents to undergo titer testing, various job industries, including healthcare, may still require workers to meet immunization mandates to maintain employment. In such events, it is important to assess workplace policy to understand if Massachusetts titer testing can be used to demonstrate immunity. Additionally, with continuous changes in COVID-19 workplace regulations across the country, it’s essential to remain up to date with current vaccination and Massachusetts antibody testing regulations.

Massachusetts Antibody Industry Regulations

As mentioned, there are no Massachusetts antibody testing regulations that require the general public to undergo routine testing. However, for specific industries, employees may be required to meet immunization requirements. For example, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) states that Massachusetts hospitals must ensure all personnel are vaccinated with the seasonal influenza vaccine.

Furthermore, the CDC states that Massachusetts employees who work in birth centers are required to demonstrate immunity against rubella prior to employment. To demonstrate immunity, a Massachusetts birth center employee can either use previous vaccination records or the positive results of a Massachusetts antibody test that screened the employee for rubella antibodies.

Outside immunization requirements for employment, it’s also important to note that students at Massachusetts colleges and universities are also commonly required to meet immunization requirements. For instances of medical students who conduct their studies in a hospital setting, be sure to review enrollment policy to understand any immunization or Massachusetts titer testing requirements.

Relevant Massachusetts Laws, Acts, and Legislation

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Massachusetts Department of Public Health Code 142.520: This collection of Massachusetts Department of Public Health codes outlines birth center regulations and requirements, including the requirement of employees to present proof of immunization against rubella prior to employment.
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130.325 Requirement That Personnel Be Vaccinated Against Influenza Virus: A collection of state codes relating to hospital licensure that includes the requirement of Massachusetts hospitals employees to be annually vaccinated against the influenza virus.

Citations

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"Menu of State Hospital Influenza Vaccination Laws." Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, https://www.cdc.gov/phlp/docs/menu-shfluvacclaws.pdf
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"Ambulatory Care Facility MMR Vaccination Laws." Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, https://www.cdc.gov/phlp/publications/topic/menus/mmrvaccinationlaws/index.html
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"Department of Public Health Code 142.520." Massachusetts Department of Health, https://www.mass.gov/doc/105-cmr-142-operation-and-maintenance-of-birth-centers/download
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"130.325 Requirement That Personnel Be Vaccinated Against Influenza Virus." Massachusetts Department of Health, https://www.mass.gov/doc/105-cmr-130-hospital-licensure/download