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MMR Test

The MMR test, also known as a MMR antibodies test or an MMR titer, is used to determine whether or not a person has immunity to the infectious diseases measles, mumps, and rubella.  The test detects the presence of antibodies which provide protection against infections.  A positive test result indicates immunity unless you are currently experiencing symptoms.  This may indicate a current infection.  In this country, many children receive a vaccination for MMR shortly after they are born.  While these vaccinations may provide life-long immunity, that is not always the case.  If someone is uncertain whether they have been vaccinated or believes they may be at risk for infection, it is recommended that they receive an MMR test to determine the status of their immunity.

 

An easy, affordable MMR test

At Request a Test, we have access to labs all over the country.  We use the same testing facilities that are employed by many hospitals and physicians for their testing needs.  All of our labs operate on a walk in basis so there is no need to schedule appointments.  Ordering your MMR test with us eliminates the need to go through your doctor or insurance.  Our MMR test is always reasonably priced with no hidden fees. 

 

MMR Immunity Blood Test

Our MMR test is conducted with a blood sample and typically sees results in 1-3 business days.  The MMR test is also available in our Immunity panel which includes the hepatitis A total, hepatitis B surface antibody, and varicella antibodies tests.  For pricing and more information about these and other tests in our immunity category, please go to http://requestatest.com/immunity-testing.

 

Symptoms of Measles, Mumps, and Rubella (MMR)

Typical symptoms of a measles infection include fever, cough, runny nose, conjunctivitis (pinkeye), and a red rash that starts on the face and spreads to other parts of the body.  A mumps infection usually causes swelling in the salivary glands which causes the cheeks to appear swollen.  Symptoms of rubella include a rash on the face, swelling in the glands behind the ears, swelling in the joints, and a low-grade fever.  The presence of any of these symptoms is a good reason to receive a MMR test.  A positive result from an MMR test while displaying symptoms can indicate current infection.  

 

Who should get a MMR test?

The Center for Disease Control (CDC) recommends that anyone born after 1957 should be vaccinated for MMR (measles, mumps, and rubella).  Most children are required to have been vaccinated before entering school.  An MMR test can determine if vaccination is necessary.  Anyone experiencing symptoms which indicate a measles, mumps, or rubella infection should receive an MMR test.       

 

Why get a MMR test?

Measles, mumps, and rubella are highly contagious and can be spread through the air by coughing, sneezing, or simply breathing.  All three diseases can lead to serious health complications.  Measles can cause pneumonia and in children, may cause seizures or brain damage.  Mumps can cause meningitis, deafness, and in men, infertility.  Rubella can increase the risk of birth defects including blindness, deafness, and mental retardation if a pregnant mother is infected.  Determining immunity through a MMR test is important for preventative health care.      

 

When to get a MMR test

While being aware of your vaccination and immunity history is always advisable, it can be especially useful during occasions when the risk of infection is greater.  The CDC recommends MMR vaccination for anyone who works in a healthcare facility, travels internationally, is a student entering college or trade school, lives in an area where an outbreak is known to have occurred, or was previously given an outdated vaccine.  Young children who are entering school should receive and MMR test to determine if they need vaccination.  Women who are planning to get pregnant, should verify their immunity as receiving an MMR vaccination while pregnant can cause health complications for the fetus.  An MMR test is advisable any time you experience symptoms which may indicate an infection.     

 

Where can I get a MMR test?

Request a Test contracts with 2 of the largest labs in the United States to provide you with 1000s of lab collection centers nationwide.  When you order your MMR test with us, we will find the lab location that is most convenient for you.  Once your order is complete, you can go to the lab any time during their business hours.  To find the lab location nearest to you or to view a complete list of available lab locations, please go to http://requestatest.com/testinglocations.  

 

MMR Immunity Blood Test

Our MMR test is conducted with a blood sample and typically sees results in 1-3 business days.  The MMR test is also available in our Immunity panel which includes the hepatitis A total, hepatitis B surface antibody, and varicella antibodies tests.  For pricing and more information about these and other tests in our immunity category, please go to http://requestatest.com/immunity-testing.

 

MMR test preparation

The MMR test requires no special preparations.

 

MMR test procedure

Upon arrival at the lab, you will be subjected to a simple blood collection.

 

MMR test accuracy

At Request a Test we use only nationally accredited labs with highly trained personnel and state of the art equipment to ensure the highest possible accuracy in your MMR results.

 

MMR test results

An MMR test typically sees results in 1-3 business days.  You will be notified by e-mail as soon as your results are available.  You can access your results online or call to speak to a representative.  Results can also be sent by fax or mail by special request. 

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