Immunization and Student Health
Annually, students return to college for their college education. Most universities require each student to get lab work done analyzing titers to determine vaccination records, immunity and prevent infection of other students. SmarTest Labs provides lab tests to determine your vaccination status for diseases such as MMR, tuberculosis, hepatitis, varicella (chickenpox), and any other titer you may need.
Read more about our student immunization and health tests below:
Hepatitis refers to an inflammatory condition of the liver. It’s commonly caused by a viral infection, but there are other possible causes of hepatitis. These include autoimmune hepatitis and hepatitis that occurs as a secondary result of medications, drugs, toxins, and alcohol. The disease can be contracted through unprotected sex, using contaminated needles, or other causes. There are several types of infectious hepatitis – each caused by a different hepatitis virus.
- Hepatitis A can be caused by consuming contaminated water or food.
- Hepatitis B can be contracted through sharing contaminated needles, having unprotected sex, or being exposed to infected blood from another person.
- Hepatitis C can be spread by blood from contaminated needles during drug use or tattooing as well as by having unprotected sex.
This panel verifies immunity to hepatitis A, B and C
Measles, Mumps & Rubella (MMR)
Measles, Mumps and Rubella are all highly contagious diseases with potentially serious consequences. Immunization provides lifelong immunity to all three of these diseases. This test verifies the presence of antibodies verifying immunity.
Measles is a highly contagious infectious disease caused by measles virus. Symptoms usually develop 10–12 days after exposure to an infected person and last 7–10 days. Initial symptoms typically include fever, often greater than 40 °C (104 °F), cough, runny nose, and inflamed eyes. Immunization provides lifelong immunity oto all three of these diseases. This test verifies presence of antibodies verifying immunity.
- The MMR-test will confirm if you have had measles, mumps, or rubella
- If you have been exposed to the viruses that cause these diseases, the test will show the antibody in your blood, and you will be immune to reinfection. Having this immunity means you will not catch the disease again, nor can you transmit it to another person. A positive immunity test helps in immigration and students going into academic settings.
Mononucleosis Test (MONO)
Mononucleosis is caused by the Epstein Barr virus and is common in adolescents and young adults. The symptoms could be exhaustion, feeling tired, feverish, have a sore throat, etc.
Mono proceeds in three phases. First, a prodrome lasting 1-2 weeks with few if any symptoms. Second, an acute phase lasting 2 to 6 weeks during which the individual may be very sick with fevers, swollen glands, severe sore throat, and exhaustion.
If you have had MONO in the past you could still test positive for the test.
Tuberculosis - QuantiFERON® Test
QuantiFERON-TB Gold Plus (QFT-Plus) is a whole-blood test or interferon-gamma release assay (IGRA) that can measure a person’s immune reactivity and aid in diagnosing Mycobacterium tuberculosis infection. It offers advantages over the conventional tuberculin skin test (TST) for diagnosing LTBI.
- Positive – suggests that TB infection is likely.
- Negative – suggests that TB infection is unlikely.
- Indeterminate – suggests the need for further investigations or repeat testing.