Tetanus Titer

The tetanus titer checks for the presence of tetanus antitoxoid antibodies.

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Tetanus Titer FAQ

What is a Tetanus titer?

A Tetanus titer is a blood test that checks for immunity (from prior vaccination or infection) to Tetanus.

Who gets a Tetanus titer test?

A Tetanus 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 Tetanus titer to check immunity before overseas travel.

What type of Tetanus titer results will I receive?

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

What does a positive Tetanus titer result mean?

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

What type of specimen will I submit?

This Tetanus 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 29, 2017

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Tetanus Blood Test - More Information

The tetanus titer, sometimes known as a tetanus immunity test or a tetanus antitoxoid antibody titer, measures tetanus antibody blood levels.

Tetanus is an infection caused by the Clostridium tetani bacteria. Known as lockjaw, tetanus can cause horrific muscle spasms that begin in the face and jaw and spread from there. In addition to violent spasms, people with tetanus can also have fever, sweating and other symptoms, typically within one week of exposure.

Interpreting tetanus titer test results is not too difficult. In reviewing the tetanus antitoxoid sample lab report provided above, one can see a result of 0.46 IU/mL reported as the tetanus antitoxoid antibody concentration. That lab result is considered indeterminate when compared against the interpretive criteria provided by the lab. Indeterminate results typically mean that one needs to be revaccinated with the Tdap vaccine although one could consider repeating the tetanus titer to confirm the result. Tetanus antibody levels below the indeterminate range are considered nonprotective meaning that revaccination is needed. Titer levels above the indeterminate range imply that the antibody levels are protective and confer adequate immunity to tetanus.

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