Oklahoma Titer Testing

Some Oklahoma 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.

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Frequently Asked Questions

Does Oklahoma require you to titer test?

There is no legislation that specifically mandates Oklahoma titer testing of its residents. However, certain industries may require employees to meet immunization requirements where titer testing can possibly be used as proof of immunity.

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What does a positive test mean in Oklahoma?

A positive Oklahoma titer test indicates that a certain amount of antibodies surpassing a set value has been detected within a blood sample, which signals immunity against a certain infectious pathogen, such as hepatitis B.

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What is an antibody titer score?

To produce an antibody titer score, a person’s serum is diluted and then retested for antibodies. If antibodies can still be detected, then the serum is diluted and then tested again. This process is repeated until the person’s serum has been diluted as much as possible, but the presence of antibodies can still be detected.

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What do titer tests test for?

A titer test is a blood test that is used to detect the presence of antibodies in the blood. The purpose of a titer test is to determine if a person has immunity against certain diseases. These results can be used to provide employers with proof of immunity, or to determine if a person needs to receive a certain vaccine.

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Oklahoma Antibody Testing Regulation

In the state of Oklahoma, there are no laws or regulations that require residents to undergo general antibody testing. However, it’s important to note that antibody testing is a great tool to learn insight into personal levels of immunity against various infections, like hepatitis B and measles. A positive Oklahoma titer test indicates that a certain amount of antibodies produced by a prior vaccination or infection surpassed an established value, which indicates immunity against an infectious disease.

Outside of Oklahoma titer testing regulations, it’s crucial to understand that varying job industries may still face immunization requirements. Those who work around high-risk individuals, such as those part of the healthcare industry, are commonly required to demonstrate immunity against infections including chickenpox, measles, and rubella. In such instances, be sure to assess workplace policy to understand if Oklahoma antibody testing can be used to demonstrate immunity.

Oklahoma Antibody Industry Regulations

While residents do not face any strict Oklahoma titer testing regulations, some employees may still be required to meet immunization requirements. According to Oklahoma Administrative Code § 310:667-5-7, immunization history must be part of the pre-employment process for those born after 1957 and seeking work in an Oklahoma hospital. This includes both paid and unpaid volunteers, nurses, physicians, and other medical personnel.

As part of the immunization history, a prospective employee or volunteer must demonstrate a history of immunization against measles, mumps, rubella, and varicella (chickenpox). Proof of immunization can be through documentation of previous vaccination or through a positive Oklahoma titer test that verifies immunity against these infectious pathogens. While not mandated, the hospital must also provide access to hepatitis B vaccinations for those at risk of exposure to bloodborne pathogens.

Outside of these regulations, Oklahoma employees do not face any additional immunization requirements. However, as the landscape of the COVID-19 pandemic continues to alter workplace regulations, it’s important to remain up to date with current policy and local regulations to understand if any further immunizations or Oklahoma titer testing is required.

Relevant Oklahoma Laws, Acts, and Legislation

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310:667-5-4. Employee and/or worker health examinations: A collection of laws and regulations supplied by the Oklahoma State Department of Health outlining hospital standards, which includes a mandate for employers born after 1957 to present proof of immunization against measles, mumps, rubella, and chickenpox to maintain employment. Furthermore, Oklahoma hospital standards also mandate that employees at risk of bloodborne pathogen exposure must have access to hepatitis B vaccinations. They must also offer annual influenza vaccinations onsite, free of charge.
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310:667-13-5. Universal birth dose hepatitis B vaccination: As only one of two U.S. states that follow this mandate, this CDC guidance states that all Oklahoma birthing hospitals must implement a procedure that ensures all infants receive a hepatitis B vaccination within twelve hours of birth.

Citations

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"310:667-5-4. Employee and/or worker health examinations." Oklahoma State Department of Health, https://www.ok.gov/health2/documents/Updated%20OAC%20310%20667-0919.pdf
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"Hepatitis B Vaccination Laws for Hospital Patients." Centers For Disease Control and Prevention, https://www.cdc.gov/phlp/publications/topic/menus/hepatitisb/index.html
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"310:667-13-5. Universal birth dose hepatitis B vaccination." Oklahoma State Department of Health, Protective Health Services, https://www.ok.gov/health2/documents/MFS%20OAC310-667_hospitals.eff.07.25.2013.pdf