Varicella Titer Test

Varicella Titer Test

How it Works

Varicella Titer Test

(Chickenpox Test) 

The varicella-zoster virus causes the disease commonly known as chickenpox.  Chickenpox is highly contagious and can be spread through the air or direct contact with an infected person.  In most cases, once a person has recovered from a chickenpox infection, they develop a lifelong immunity.  The body develops antibodies that protect against future infections.  There is also a varicella vaccination that can help ensure that one is immune to chickenpox.  In most cases, one or two doses of the chickenpox vaccine will provide ongoing immunity.  It is common for schools and childcare institutions to require proof of vaccination or immunity to chickenpox prior to admittance.  A simple varicella titer test can provide this information.  This test may also be known as a chickenpox test, an immune to chickenpox test, or VZV.  The varicella titer test (chickenpox) looks for the antibodies that indicate immunity as a result of clinical recovery or vaccination.  A varicella titer test can also be used to confirm a current chickenpox infection.


An easy, affordable Varicella Titer Test (Chickenpox 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.  Most of our labs operate on a walk-in basis so there is no need to schedule appointments.  Ordering your varicella titer test (chickenpox test) with us eliminates the need to go through your doctor or insurance.  Our varicella titer test is always reasonably priced with no hidden fees.  We offer quick turnaround times, with most tests showing results in 1-3 business days.


Types of Varicella Titer Tests (Chickenpox Tests)

A person who is told they need an “immune to chickenpox test” is typically looking for a varicella zoster virus antibodies IgG test.  This test requires a blood sample and typically sees results in 1-3 business days.  The varicella IgG test is available by itself or as part of our Immunity Panel which also contains immunity tests for hepatitis B, measles, mumps, and rubella.   If someone is experiencing symptoms, the varicella-zoster virus antibodies IgM test can identify a current chickenpox infection.  This test requires a blood sample and typically sees results in 1-3 business days.  For pricing and more information about these and other tests in our immunity category, please go to   


Symptoms of Chickenpox

The most common symptom of chickenpox is the appearance of a red, itchy rash which develops into fluid-filled blisters.  This rash usually appears on the face, chest, and back first.  It can then spread to other parts of the body.  Additional symptoms may include fever, tiredness, headache, and loss of appetite.  The virus usually runs its course in 7-10 days at which point the blisters will scab over and begin to heal.  Chickenpox is sometimes confused with other conditions that display similar symptoms.

Who should get a Varicella Titer Test (Chickenpox test)?

The varicella titer test (chickenpox test) is recommended for anyone who may require a chickenpox vaccination and needs to verify their immunity status.  Chickenpox vaccinations are necessary for teachers, childcare workers, healthcare workers, students, military personnel, international travelers, inmates and staff of correctional institutions, and adults living with children.  Women who are planning to become pregnant should receive a varicella titer test.  Receiving a chickenpox vaccination while pregnant can cause health complications for the infant.    


Why get a Varicella Titer Test (Chickenpox Test)?

In some cases, varicella infection can result in serious health problems.  Those most at risk are young children, adolescents, adults, pregnant women, and anyone who suffers from a weakened immune system due to illness or treatment.  Complications that can arise from chickenpox include pneumonia, dehydration, bacterial infections of the skin, inflammation of the brain, infections of the bone, joints, or bloodstream, and toxic shock syndrome.  In some cases, these conditions can prove fatal.  Verifying your immunity with a varicella titer test (chickenpox test) can help avoid these complications. 


When to get a Varicella Titer Test (Chickenpox Test)

Anyone who requires proof that they are immune to chickenpox should receive a varicella titer test.  Anyone who is entering a situation where they may be exposed to varicella and are uncertain of their immunity status should be tested.     


Where can I get a Varicella Titer Test (Chickenpox 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 varicella titer test (chickenpox 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 at 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 our Location Finder.


Varicella Titer Test (Chickenpox Test) preparation

The Varicella titer test (chickenpox test) requires no special preparations.


Varicella Titer Test (Chickenpox Test) procedure

Upon arrival at the lab, a simple blood collection will be performed. 


Varicella Titer Test (Chickenpox 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 varicella titer test (chickenpox test) results.


Varicella Titer Test (Chickenpox Test) results

A varicella titer test (chickenpox 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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