Vaccinations & Titers for Myself
Vaccinations and titers are great ways to document proof of immunity. This record can be provided to your work or school for any compliance requirements. If you’re not sure which exam you need, just ask Mobile Health.
Why You Need Proof of Immunity
If you’re starting a new job, enrolling at a new school, or engaging in a new volunteer opportunity, chances are that you have been asked to provide proof of immunity to the organization. Proof of immunity is used to prove that you are immune to certain communicable diseases.
Some of these diseases include measles, mumps, rubella, varicella, and influenza. Without immunity to viruses like these, you are more likely to catch and transmit highly contagious illnesses. This puts everyone you associate with at risk for catching dangerous diseases.
If you work with a vulnerable population like seniors or people with auto-immune deficiencies, being unvaccinated can lead to some very serious consequences. This is also true for people entering into large population centers like universities and large company campuses.
Proof of immunity is sometimes required by public health organizations to control the spread of these communicable diseases. Some types of organizations that must follow these requirements generally include:
Organizations who generally follow these requirements include:
- Home Health Agencies (LHCSA, CHHA, MLTC)
- Nursing Homes and Assisted Living Facilities
- After School Programs
- Schools, Colleges, and Universities
- Workforce Development Organizations
How to Prove Immunity
Proof of Immunity
Proof of immunity is a document showing that you are immune to certain diseases like measles. Generally, most people have been vaccinated against viruses like measles as babies. And some of them can easily locate their vaccination records. However, others have not received all of their vaccinations, or can’t find proof of immunity.
In order to find out whether or not a person is immune, Mobile Health always recommends a blood titer at first. A blood titer is simply a blood draw that, when analyzed, will reveal the level of antibodies present. The number of antibodies counted will determine if the person is immune to a specific antigen (virus). If the antibody count is below a certain number, they are not immune and are at risk for contracting and spreading the disease.
There are two ways to develop immunity. A common way is to be exposed to the virus earlier in your life. For example, if a someone has had the chicken pox (varicella) as a child then their body will know how to combat the virus the next time it’s reintroduced, effectively making them immune. This can be determined by a blood titer, which will indicate the active number of antibodies.
The second way to develop immunity is to get a vaccination. A vaccine is substance that creates immunity against specific viruses without first having to have had the disease. If a person’s antibody count is below a certain threshold for a particular virus, they may be required to receive the vaccine to prove their immunity. This could mean that they haven’t been vaccinated before, or their antibodies are weakened and they need to have an immunity boost.
Your Titer or Vaccination Appointment
Getting a vaccination or blood titer at Mobile Health is a simple process. The first step is to request an appointment online or by calling 212-695-5122.
Once your appointment is confirmed, you will receive an exam number as your confirmation. This exam number will allow our clinics to know your contact information and what services you’re scheduled for. Having this information will help expedite your visit and allow you to schedule future appointments more easily.
On the day of your appointment we recommend that you arrive as close to the time of your appointment as possible. Arriving too early or late may delay the time it takes to be seen.
After registration, you’ll be called by one of our medical providers to either have your blood drawn for a titer, or be given a vaccine injection.
Your medical records are generally available 2-3 days after your exam and can be picked up at a Mobile Health location, or they can be mailed to you.
Commonly Stocked Vaccines
- Varicella (Chicken Pox)
- MMR (measles, mumps, rubella)
- MMRV (measles, mumps, rubella, varicella)
- TDaP (tetanus , diphtheria, pertussis)
- Td (tetanus , diphtheria)