Pertussis Titer

The pertussis titer test measures the Bordatella pertussis (Whooping Cough) IgG antibody level.

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Pertussis Titer FAQ

What is a Pertussis titer?

A Pertussis titer is a blood test that checks for immunity (from prior vaccination or infection) to Bordatella pertussis, also known as Whooping Cough.

Who gets a Pertussis titer test?

A Pertussis titer test is typically ordered by healthcare workers for credentialing requirements (e.g. hospital, RepTrax, Vendormate) and students studying in healthcare programs. Additionally, some people get the Pertussis titer to check immunity when they plan to see a pregnant woman or a new baby.

What type of Pertussis titer results will I receive?

Our Pertussis titer is the gold standard quantitative (i.e. a number) IgG titer test.

What does a positive Pertussis titer result mean?

A positive Pertussis titer generally means that you are considered immune and do not need to be revaccinated.

What type of specimen will I submit?

This Pertussis Titer is a blood test.

Do I need to fast to take this test?

Fasting is not necessary.

How long does it take to get test results?

It typically takes 4 business days or less.

Accesa Labs does not provide medical advice, diagnosis or treatment. All users should consult with a medical provider for specific health concerns.

Last updated on September 27, 2017

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Pertussis Blood Test - More Information

The pertussis titer, also known as the pertussis IgG blood test and whooping cough immunity test, measures the pertussis IgG antibody blood level.

Bordetella pertussis is the bacteria that causes pertussis, or whooping cough. Pertussis is a highly contagious infection that is spread through droplets from an infected person. Pertussis symptoms include a runny nose and a fever. The name whooping cough comes originates from the gasping noise ("whoop") that occurs when a person breathes in after a coughing fit during a whooping cough infection. While symptoms can resolve within a few weeks, some people experience the coughing symptoms of pertussis for eight weeks or more. While many healthy people simply experience a persistent cough after a pertussis infection, infants, children and the elderly are susceptible to severe complications such as pneumonia and neurological complications such as seizures.

This pertussis titer tests for IgG antibodies to Bordetella pertussis. Following successful vaccination, IgG antibodies can be demonstrated in all people except for infants. The pertussis titer is frequently ordered with the tetanus and diphtheria titer in a combination known as the Tdap titer.

In addition to common preventative tactics like hand washing and minimizing contact with infected people, the pertussis vaccine can help reduce the likelihood of getting the whooping cough. The pertussis vaccine (the "p" part of the Tdap) protects against pertussis by creating antibodies against the whooping cough in the immune system. Immunity to pertussis typically does not typically last for life after vaccination and the pertussis titer test can be used to confirm one's current immune status.

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