The Rubella Antibodies, IgG test is typically used to check for immunity to rubella (German Measles). This test measures the level of antibodies produced by the immune system in response to the virus. Results provide a numerical value for the antibody level which can be compared to a reference interval to determine immune status.
Rubella is an infectious virus which is typically spread by the infected person coughing or sneezing. Rubella causes a fine red rash which appears on the face and neck before traveling to the torso and limbs. The rash typically disappears after a few days. Other symptoms can include fever, swollen lymph nodes, joint pain, runny nose and red eyes. Rubella infections are typically mild and clear up on their own. The greatest risk from Rubella is to pregnant women. If the virus is passed to their infant, it can cause miscarriage, birth defects and developmental disabilities. Most people in the United States are vaccinated against Rubella when they are children.
The rubella titer is typically ordered when a person is required to show proof of immunity for work or school. It is also common for this test to be taken by women who are pregnant or planning to become pregnant to ensure they are immune and not at risk of contracting the virus during pregnancy.
The Rubella Titer is available by itself but is most commonly done as part of an MMR (Measles, Mumps, Rubella) Titer. This test is also available as part of our Immunity Panel which includes other common titers.
Turnaround time for the Rubella Antibodies, IgG test is typically 1-3 business days.
Note: Result turn around times are an estimate and are not guaranteed. Our reference lab may need additional time due to weather, holidays, confirmation/repeat testing, or equipment maintenance.
The Rubella Antibodies, IgG test has no fasting requirements.
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