What is MMR?
MMR stands for Measles, Mumps and Rubella.
What is an MMR Titer?
An MMR Titer is a blood test that checks your antibody titer levels to Measles, Mumps and Rubella. It is run in a laboratory. A titer test is not an injection, shot, or vaccination.
Okay, but what's an Antibody?
An antibody is a component of the immune system. Sometimes, it is known as an immunoglobulin. The immune system uses antibodies as the initial defenders against biological invaders such as bacteria and viruses. Specific antibodies create a lock-and-key fit with components (also called antigens) on the bacteria and viruses that they protect against.
How did I get MMR antibodies in my blood?
There are a couple of ways to get MMR antibodies in your blood. The first way is through natural exposure to a disease. For example, if you had Measles, Mumps, or Rubella when you were younger, you should have antibodies to whichever diseases you had. In that case, your result will generally show up as positive. The second way to get these antibodies is through the MMR vaccination. The MMR vaccine is a weakened live form of each disease and is designed to stimulate your immune system to act as if you actually had the disease. The immune system responds by producing antibodies to the MMR diseases to protect you.
What is the procedure for getting an MMR Titer test?
The MMR Titer is a laboratory test. First, you need to get an order from your doctor or medical provider to get your blood drawn. Then, you go to a laboratory and get your blood drawn.
How did I get MMR Titer test results?
By law, the results of your MMR titer test have to be sent to the medical provider who ordered your test. You should contact your medical provider directly.
How long does it take to get MMR Titer results?
Once your blood is drawn, the results for most MMR Titers should be back in 3-4 business days.
What's the difference between "Qualitative" and "Quantitative" results?
MMR Titer test results can be reported as both qualitative or quantitative. "Qualitative" means that your results will be either Positive or Negative, without a numerical result. "Quantitative" means that your results will be reported as a number. The number can be compared against the Reference Interval on your lab report.
What will my MMR titer test results look like?
You can download a PDF sample report of results HERE.
Why does my job or school need an MMR titer?
MMR Titers are used as a measure of immunity to Measles, Mumps and Rubella. People who work in certain settings, such as hospitals or medical clinics, are at an increased risk for being exposed to certain diseases. As a result, many institutions want proof of a certain antibody level or vaccination for diseases such as Measles, Mumps and Rubella prior to stepping into those settings.
Will my health insurance pay for my MMR titer?
It depends on the type of health insurance that you have. Some insurance plans will cover it but many will not. Additionally, in order to use your health insurance, you will have to find a medical provider who accepts your health insurance and can order the tests for you.
I don't have a doctor or insurance. How can I get an MMR titer?
Titer tests are expensive. We would recommend ordering through Accesa Labs:
MMR Titer - About Ordering Online
1) Choose the MMR titer
Review and order the MMR titer or other titer test(s) that are right for you.
2) Visit The Lab
Visit one of many lab locations and they will draw your blood for the MMR titer.
3) Get Your Results
When your results are ready, receive access to your MMR titer results PDF securely.