Immunizations longevity or effectiveness

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    I'm entering LPN school at the end of March. I've lost my immunizations records. They are not with my high school, drs or where ever. I am waiting on a facility to check my records.

    Immunizations do not last in me. I've had 3 MMRs,childhood, teenage yrs and adulthood. Mostly likely if I titer for MMR.. it will not show. I'm going to get the MMR shot.

    I received the varicella titer results back today,negative. I will have to get 2 chix pox shots @ $95 a pop. This is at the county health depart.

    TB is negative too,(good thing for me!)

    I had the HBV shot in the 90's. I'm going to titer for it. I hope it shows in my system.

    Does anyone know why vaccines do not have longevity? This could be related to my personal medical issues.

    Does anyone else has these issues? i've tried goggling this situation. I cant find any info..

    This is frustrating.. thanks for reading! I dont want medical advice.. Just if someone can lead me to the answers per a website or personal experience
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    I had a rubella titer drawn when I went to work at my first hospital job in 1980. Everyone said I was immune. I never paid much attention to it, because long ago, when I was a child, I had rubella. So fast forward to 6-8 years later, the nursing agency I worked for gave me a call and said, my titer, written the old way?, said I was not immune. So off to the local health department I went, and got an MMR vacination. Titer redrawn, at my drs., still showing I was not immune. My dr. was puzzeled, but said to go get the second MMR vacination, and wrote a statement saying I had been vacinated X2, so this solved the problem. I shudder to think about if they start drawing titers for Hep B, because I'm afraid it will happen again, even though I had the 3 injections for it. Now I don't know if it's related, but I also had a problem with my blood reacting to citrate in blood draw tubes. Which was a real nightmare! My CBC came back X's 3, saying I didn't have enough platelets. My family dr said I needed to make an appt. at a hemotologist. My nurse brain alternated between overdrive and denial. Finally the day came and I went to the hemotologist. The paperwork I had to fill out made me cry, I was so scared. The first thing they did was draw my blood, in an empty tube. Shortly after that, the dr came in to see me. She said, first of all, you are fine and you have plenty of platelets, now I will explain why. Your blood reacts to the citrate in the blood draw tube, and your platelets clump together and when the machine reads your blood count, it says you don't have enough. She said it had happened to many people, and the first thing they do to pts. with that diagnosis is draw their blood into an empty tube. My family physican even went so far as to say having a medic alert bracelet with this info on it might be a good idea. I haven't done it, but my family and close friends are all aware. Also my dr. has it in my chart at the office. So I just wanted to share all this with you. So good luck, I hope your titer comes out ok.
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    thank you so much for responding.. i was so upset. i think, this is crazy.
    now, i was told that i have itp syndrome. this makes me wonder do i really have it or not. it has ok per 2000. i was dx in 1998.

    now, i'm trying to decided to get the mmr over or get a mmr titer with an empty tube. i still have the hbv titer .. decisions.. decisions..
    Quote from realnursealso/lpn
    i had a rubella titer drawn when i went to work at my first hospital job in 1980. everyone said i was immune. i never paid much attention to it, because long ago, when i was a child, i had rubella. so fast forward to 6-8 years later, the nursing agency i worked for gave me a call and said, my titer, written the old way?, said i was not immune. so off to the local health department i went, and got an mmr vacination. titer redrawn, at my drs., still showing i was not immune. my dr. was puzzeled, but said to go get the second mmr vacination, and wrote a statement saying i had been vacinated x2, so this solved the problem. i shudder to think about if they start drawing titers for hep b, because i'm afraid it will happen again, even though i had the 3 injections for it. now i don't know if it's related, but i also had a problem with my blood reacting to citrate in blood draw tubes. which was a real nightmare! my cbc came back x's 3, saying i didn't have enough platelets. my family dr said i needed to make an appt. at a hemotologist. my nurse brain alternated between overdrive and denial. finally the day came and i went to the hemotologist. the paperwork i had to fill out made me cry, i was so scared. the first thing they did was draw my blood, in an empty tube. shortly after that, the dr came in to see me. she said, first of all, you are fine and you have plenty of platelets, now i will explain why. your blood reacts to the citrate in the blood draw tube, and your platelets clump together and when the machine reads your blood count, it says you don't have enough. she said it had happened to many people, and the first thing they do to pts. with that diagnosis is draw their blood into an empty tube. my family physican even went so far as to say having a medic alert bracelet with this info on it might be a good idea. i haven't done it, but my family and close friends are all aware. also my dr. has it in my chart at the office. so i just wanted to share all this with you. so good luck, i hope your titer comes out ok.
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    Some people are non-converters, meaning they just don't respond much, or at all, to certain vaccines. I've given several employees the Hep B series two and three times in two years, with no response whatsoever. Another reason why 'herd immunity' is so important!

    Plus, many vaccines do not provide lifelong immunity, you have to get a booster every so often. Tetanus is every ten years; diptheria, HPV, and Hib all need boosters. MMR and Hep B usually don't need a booster.
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    I decided to titer for the MMR. It came back that I was immune. Even tho, I was border long for Mumps..

    Thanks for responding.


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