Utah Titer Testing

Some Utah 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 Utah require you to test?

Other than for school-aged children, the state of Utah does not mandate vaccines. There are also no Utah titer test regulations in place that would require antibody tests for any reason.

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.

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.

What does a positive titer test mean?

If titer test results show that a person is positive, this may indicate that the individual has previously been infected with the disease or vaccinated against it. The individual may be presumed to have immunity against that specific disease, and vaccination may not be required at this time.

Utah Antibody Testing Regulations

The state of Utah generally does not require vaccination of adults, with the exception of requiring freestanding ambulatory surgical centers to offer the hepatitis B vaccine and vaccine series to all employees who have occupational exposure. There are also currently no statewide Utah titer test regulations in place that would mandate testing.

The Utah Department of Health (UDH) refers to the U.S. Center for Disease Control and Prevention’s (CDC) vaccination recommendations for adults aged 19 and over.

While there are no statewide vaccination requirements or Utah antibody test regulations for higher education students, the Utah Department of Health recommends that college students be immunized against certain vaccine-preventable diseases including tetanus, diphtheria, measles, mumps, rubella, meningococcal disease, hepatitis A, hepatitis B, varicella, polio, influenza, pertussis, and human papillomavirus.

Each higher education institution can set its own vaccination requirements, and many require specific vaccinations as a prerequisite to entry. Students should check with their institution and educational department to confirm requirements and inquire whether a Utah antibody test may be acceptable in lieu of a vaccination record.

The UDH recommends that all Utah foster parents receive MMR, hepatitis A, hepatitis B, Td/Tdap, and influenza vaccines. The varicella (chickenpox) vaccine is also recommended for those who have not had age-appropriate immunization or a reliable history of varicella disease. A Utah titer test showing immunity would also provide an exemption from this recommendation.

On November 16, 2021, Utah Governor Spencer Cox signed into law Utah S.B. 2004, which requires employers to waive COVID-19 vaccination mandates for any employees who submit a statement objecting to the vaccine for health or religious reasons or based on their personal beliefs. It also prohibits employers from retaliating against employees for requesting this exemption.

The U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) has deemed employer-mandated COVID-19 antibody tests to be a violation of the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA). As such, there are currently no federal or Utah antibody test regulations requiring employees to submit COVID antibody tests.

Utah Antibody Industry Regulations

The Utah Department of Health provides specific vaccination recommendations for healthcare personnel and employees of schools and childcare facilities. This includes vaccinations for:

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COVID-19
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Hepatitis B
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Influenza
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MMR
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Varicella (chickenpox)
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Tetanus, diphtheria, pertussis
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Meningococcal

It’s also recommended that employees of schools and childcare facilities receive vaccinations for hepatitis A. In some cases, employees may be able to submit a Utah titer test to show proof of immunity to diseases such as measles, mumps, rubella, or varicella in lieu of vaccination records.

As of December 2021, Utah has halted COVID-19 vaccination mandates for healthcare and state employees.

Relevant Utah Laws, Acts, and Legislation

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Utah Admin. Code R432-500-11 – requires all freestanding ambulatory surgical centers to offer the hepatitis B vaccine and vaccine series to all employees who have occupational exposure.
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Utah S.B. 2004 – requires employers to waive vaccine mandates for employees or job candidates who submit a statement of objection and prohibits adverse action against employees who claim an exemption. Also requires employers to pay for COVID-19 workplace testing and prohibits employers from maintaining records related to an employee’s proof of vaccination, except under certain circumstances.

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