The Varicella Titer is a blood test that checks if your immune to Varicella. It measures your antibody levels to get a sense for whether your immune
system has the capability to respond to an infection from Varicella.
What is Varicella?
Varicella is a disease that is also known as the Chickenpox or Chicken Pox. It is caused by a type of
herpes virus called the varicella-zoster virus. It is easily spread through droplets.
What is the procedure for getting a Varicella Titer?
An Varicella Titer is a laboratory test. First, you need to get an order from your doctor or medical provider to get a Varicella 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 Varicella Titer results.
How do I get my Varicella Titer Test results?
By law, the results of your Varicella Titer have to be sent to the medical provider who ordered your test. You should contact your medical provider directly.
How long does it take to get Varicella Titer results back?
Once your blood is drawn, the results for the Varicella Titer typically comes back in 3-4 business days.
In most cases, the Varicella 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.
What does a Varicella Titer test report look like?
For an example of a Varicella Titer test report, please CLICK HERE.
How do I interpret a Varicella Titer test report?
Here is a helpful video about how to read and interpret your Varicella Titer test report:
Why does my job or school need a Varicella Titer test?
The Varicella Titer is used as a measure of immunity to Varicella. People who work in certain settings, such as hospitals or medical clinics, are at an increased risk for being exposed to Varicella. As a result, many institutions want proof of a certain antibody level or vaccination for diseases such as Varicella prior to stepping into those settings.
Will my health insurance pay for my Varicella titer test?
It depends on the type of health insurance that you have. Some insurance plans will cover the Varicella 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 Varicella Titer for you.
Is a Hepatitis B titer the same as a Varicella titer test?
No. A Hepatitis B titer checks for immunity to Hepatitis B. For more information on the Hepatitis B titer, click here.
Does the Varicella Titer have a CPT code?
In most cases, the CPT code 86787 is used to code for the Varicella titer.
Can you recommend other resources about the Varicella Titer?
Check out this CDC report for additional information.