The MMR Titer is a blood test that checks if your immune to Measles, Mumps and Rubella. It measures your antibody levels to get a sense for whether your immune system has the capability to respond to an infection with one of these diseases.
An MMR Titer is a laboratory test. First, you need to get an order from your doctor or medical provider to get an MMR Titer. Then, you go to a laboratory and get your blood drawn. Once that is done, it generally takes up to a week to get your MMR Titer results.
MMR is an abbreviation for three diseases: Measles, Mumps and Rubella.
Measles, or Rubeola, is an illness caused by a virus called Morbillivirus. The illness is spread through droplets from infected people. Symptoms of measles include fever, red eyes, cough and a rash. Bad cases of measles can lead to eye and nervous system problems.
Mumps is a disease caused by the mumps virus. It is spread through contact with infected droplets and can cause swelling of the parotid (salivary) glands, rash and testicular swelling.
Rubella, also known as German Measles, is an illness caused by a virus called rubella. Rubella is transmitted by droplets from infected people. Symptoms include a flu-like illness, rashes, fever and swollen glands that last up to 3 days.
By law, the results of your MMR Titer have to be sent to the medical provider who ordered your test. You should contact your medical provider directly.
Once your blood is drawn, the results for the MMR titer typically comes back in 3-4 business days. In most cases, the MMR titer results will be sent to your medical provider and, as a result, getting your results may also depend on how fast your medical provider can get them to you.
For an example of an MMR titer test report from Accesa Labs, please CLICK HERE.
The MMR Titer is used as a measure of immunity to MMR. People who work in certain settings, such as hospitals or medical clinics, are at an increased risk for being exposed to Measles, Mumps and Rubella. As a result, many institutions want proof of a certain antibody level or vaccination for diseases such as Mumps, Measles and Rubella prior to stepping into those settings.
It depends on the type of health insurance that you have. Some insurance plans will cover the MMR Titer but many will not. Additionally, in order to use your health insurance, you will have to find a medical provider who accepts your health insurance and can order the MMR Titer for you.
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