New Jersey Titer Testing

Some New Jersey employers require antibody testing, also known as titer testing, as part of their pre-employment screening process. Existing employees may also be tested periodically as part of the process to ensure safety in the workplace, especially for industries such as healthcare or education. Titer testing is the first step to determining if someone is immune to certain diseases, such as varicella (Chickenpox), hepatitis A, hepatitis B, hepatitis C, measles, mumps, rubella, or COVID-19. If the antibody test indicates that an individual is not immune, Health Street can also provide services for vaccines and immunizations.

To register online for a titer test in New Jersey, simply click the “Register Now” button below. To schedule via phone or to contact us with questions regarding your antibody testing services, please reach us at (888) 378-2499.

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Frequently Asked Questions

Why are antibody tests (titer tests) important?

Antibody tests check for the presence of antibodies of certain diseases in the blood. The presence of antibodies determines that a person has immunity to that disease and vaccination may not be necessary. Immunity among employees prevents the spread of communicable diseases.

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Does New Jersey require you to test?

New Jersey titer test regulations do not require titer testing. However, since vaccines are not generally required, titer testing can determine immunity to contagious diseases among workers. If employees don’t have immunity, they should consider vaccination.

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What do titer tests test for?

New Jersey antibody tests check for the presence of antibodies to diseases in the blood. The presence of antibodies determines a person’s immunity to that disease. Common New Jersey antibody tests include MMR, Tdap, Varicella, Hepatitis, and Meningitis.

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What does a positive titer test mean?

A titer test, also known as an antibody test, checks the blood for the presence of antibodies for a particular disease. A positive titer test means that antibodies are present, and that person has immunity to the disease.

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How much do antibody tests cost?

The cost for New Jersey antibody testing varies by each test and which lab analyzes the testing. Packages are often offered for multiple tests at a discounted rate.

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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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New Jersey Antibody Testing Regulation

There are no New Jersey titer test regulations requiring employees to prove vaccination or immunity to communicable disease, with the exception of COVID-19 for some workers.

Although there are no New Jersey titer test regulations, the federal Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) offer recommendations for vaccination and titer testing.

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OSHA requires that employers offer hepatitis B vaccines to all workers that face occupational exposure.
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Healthcare workers in Medicare and Medicaid facilities must be vaccinated against COVID-19, and these facilities must have 100 percent vaccination coverage.
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The CDC recommends that healthcare workers be vaccinated or show immunity to the following diseases: measles, mumps, rubella (MMR), tetanus, diphtheria, and pertussis (Tdap), influenza, hepatitis B, and meningitis.
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According to the CDC, healthcare workers include nurses, doctors, emergency medical personnel, dental professionals, students, pharmacists, volunteers, and administrative staff.

Although vaccinations are not mandated in New Jersey, certain employers, such as those in healthcare, may wish to request that their employees be vaccinated. In this case, titer tests can be used to show immunity to certain diseases in lieu of vaccination.

New Jersey Antibody Industry Regulations

In the state of New Jersey, employees in high-risk settings, such as healthcare facilities, must be vaccinated against COVID-19. New Jersey antibody test regulations and vaccination laws require these workers to be fully vaccinated against COVID-19 or submit to weekly testing:

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Healthcare facilities
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Childcare facilities
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Schools (preschool through grade 12)
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State agencies, authorities, colleges, and universities
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High-risk congregate settings

Although New Jersey titer test regulations and vaccination laws do not require vaccination or proof of immunity to measles, mumps, and rubella, hospitals are required to make rubella and rubeola vaccines available to all employees.

Relevant New Jersey Laws, Acts, and Legislation

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In January of 2022, Governor Philip D. Murphy signed Executive Order 283, which requires healthcare workers and individuals in high-risk congregate settings to be fully vaccinated for COVID-19.
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N.J. Admin. Code tit. 8, § 8:43G-20.2(g) states that New Jersey hospitals must offer rubella and rubeola vaccines to their workers. These facilities include those that provide emergency, outpatient, convalescent, surgical and other medical and nursing care for longer than 24-hour periods.

Citations

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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
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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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“What are the Latest Vaccine Mandate Rules for Businesses?” State of Connecticut, 14 January 2022, https://portal.ct.gov/Coronavirus/Covid-19-Knowledge-Base/Workplace-Vaccine-Requirements
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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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“Where is vaccination or testing required for workers in New Jersey?” New Jersey Department of Health, 20 January 2022, https://covid19.nj.gov/faqs/nj-information/slowing-the-spread/where-is-vaccination-or-testing-required-for-workers-in-new-jersey
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“Governor Murphy Signs Executive Order Strengthening COVID-19 Vaccination Requirements for Workers in Health Care and Congregate Settings and Requiring COVID-19 Booster Doses.” State of New Jersey Department of Health, 19 January 2022, https://www.nj.gov/health/news/2022/approved/20220119a.shtml
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“State Immunization Laws for Workers and Patients: NJ.” Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), https://www2a.cdc.gov/vaccines/statevaccsApp/Administration.asp?statetmp=NJ
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“Executive Order No. 283.” State of New Jersey, https://nj.gov/infobank/eo/056murphy/pdf/EO-283.pdf
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“N.J. Admin. Code § 8:43G-20.2-Employee health services.” Casetext, https://casetext.com/regulation/new-jersey-administrative-code/title-8-health/chapter-43g-hospital-licensing-standards/subchapter-20-employee-health/section-843g-202-employee-health-services