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- Jul 14, '12 by Paco-RNI never had the chicken pox (and had a negative titer), so I had to get the 2 vaccines. However, I was told (not sure how true it is) that there is no point in getting the titer again because it would still be negative ... apparently, only people who had the disease would have positive titers. Anyway, my school accepted the record of two recent varicella vaccines in lieu of the titer.
- Jul 14, '12 by PinkHoytI went and had blood drawn about two weeks ago for the titers to be done. I came home last night to a $1,000 bill from the hospital. Hubby is none too pleased with me right now. I kinda had a feeling our insurance wouldn't pay, but I didn't think it would cost that much! Hopefully I'll get it paid off before my last day of work!
- Jul 14, '12 by CHESCCRPQuote from hey_suzThat is what I needed. Having worked previously in health care, I had been getting PPDs for the past seven years. The most recent PPD yielded an "equivocal" result, per my PCP. He ordered a quantiferon test, and when it came back negative, I was good to go. However, this is now the test I must get to determine if I have TB, as my skin test may not be conclusive from here on out. It's more expensive than a PPD skin test, but there is less radiation than a CXR, and my health insurance (required by school) covers it.What about a quantiferon gold blood test for TB? Compare the cost to that of a CXR.
- Jul 14, '12 by VictoriaMareahWow thanks for sharing your story! I just went to get my titer bloodwork done on Wednesday. I had to hand them a credit card incase my insurance didn't cover it and it was $683! I sure hope my insurance covers it!
- Jul 14, '12 by Bobmo88I'm so sorry you had to go through that whole ordeal. My school had an orientation back in May and gave us plenty of time to get our immunizations. They did warn us about the MMR affecting the TB result as well. Luckily I had titers done from when I got hired at my hospital job and got my immunization records from my high school transcripts and PMD.
- Jul 15, '12 by tothepointeLVNHow much are titers nowadays? My work has always paid for mine so I never get a copy
- Jul 15, '12 by ebailey1218Quote from tothepointeLVNSounds like they differ in price depending in where you are. The town where i live for ALL of the immunizations I need would have been over $2000 - but I have seen on this thread some people who said they paid less than $100.How much are titers nowadays? My work has always paid for mine so I never get a copy
- Jul 15, '12 by tothepointeLVNQuote from Paco69This is probably true since the last time I had employment titers my boss called to.find out if I had just had the chickenpox (I had it again at 21) because my titers were positiveI never had the chicken pox (and had a negative titer), so I had to get the 2 vaccines. However, I was told (not sure how true it is) that there is no point in getting the titer again because it would still be negative ... apparently, only people who had the disease would have positive titers. Anyway, my school accepted the record of two recent varicella vaccines in lieu of the titer.
- Jul 16, '12 by tenjunathat's really odd, just last week I did mmr, tetanus, diptheria, varicella, hep b, and a tb test all at the same time. Not sure why you had to have multiple courses, the only one I had to do was hep b.
maybe just go somewhere else for the tb test?
varicella is $100+, hep b is $200+, cheaper to get the shots than getting the titers and getting shots for immunity you already have is not going to harm you.
Quote from ebailey1218I want other people to know what happened to me, so the same does not happen for them!
When I received my nursing school admission, [of course] there was a long list of immunizations that I had to obtain before school started. I am 38 years old, so who knows where my shot records are from when I was a child, and I wasn't going to pay for the titers so I went to my local health department and sat down with a nurse, showed her my list of shots, and we came up with a plan to get them all done.
I couldn't get all the shots at once because of cost and because some of the shots had to have multiple shots spread out over 28 days. The first day I received some of my shots and left with a calendar of when I was to get the rest of them.
Long story short is the nurse messed up. I went to get my (first) TB test yesterday and a different nurse told me that it was too close to my recent MMR. In to get the two TB tests and my second MMR, I would have taken me past the deadline to have everything done. My school has a zero tolerance for late items. The advisor at my school told me I would have to give up my spot in the program .
We came up with an alternative, for me to get a chest X-ray (ILO the TB test itself). I don't have insurance so this is an expensive option, but I don't have any other choice.
I should have been more educated about my program requirements - I don't blame anyone but myself; hopefully, I can share my knowledge so other people know as well.
- Jul 16, '12 by caliotter3I wanted to get titers done for a nursing program requirement, and my doctor told me it would cost about $1100. For once in my life I thought of something quickly, and asked him if he could run it by my insurance, just in case. He contacted my insurance company and surprise, surprise! They paid for the titers! I think one should always start the process of getting documentation or actions done early so that one can accommodate the problems that are certain to occur.