Is the TB test harmful? Does it inject something harmful into your body, like vaccines do?
My son may be attending a private college which requires this. If it is harmful, what should I do about his not getting it? We live in CA.
I don't like the ingredients but it's not terrible. But it hurts a lot. You can opt for the Quantiferon Gold blood test instead. Taking blood hurts 534329% less than the darn TB skin test. They poke you 4 times and move the needle in between skin layers which is really painful. I have had it done twice (in Europe and US) and it hurt equally bad, so it wasn't technique.
Yes depending on the brand used. it has phenol in it.
Other brands have Tween 80, also known as polysorbate 80, which according to a study can cause anaphylactic reactions, difficulties breathing, and hives
I do not want that injected into me or my children. I would opt for the blood test as well - not only because of the ingredients but because the skin test has a high rate of false positives.
You could get an exemption as per the California Health and safety Code 121475 section C and 121505 governing TB testing allows for exemptions based on personal beliefs.
121475. In enacting this chapter, it is the intent of the Legislature to provide: . (c) Exemptions from tuberculosis tests because of personal beliefs.
HEALTH AND SAFETY CODE SECTION 121505. The certificate shall not be required for a person who is subject to an order made pursuant to subdivision (a) of Section 121485, if the parent, guardian, or other adult who has assumed responsibility for his or her care and custody in case of a minor, or the person seeking admission, if an emancipated minor, provides to the governing authority an affidavit stating that the examination required to obtain the certificate is contrary to his or her beliefs. If at any time there should be probable cause to believe that the person is afflicted with active tuberculosis, he or she may be excluded from the school or other institution listed in Section 121485 until the governing board is satisfied that he or she is not so afflicted
They have to accept the exemption - if they tell you they don't they are lying or don't know themselves. Print out the code and show them. Or get the blood test if they give you a hard time and you don't feel like fighting about it.
I had the blood test during my pregnancy. This is because the skin test was positive (In a prior pregnancy), and i was sure it was a false positive. I was right. Also, it hurts!!
I asked my doctor (That was before i had my homebirth midwife) for the blood test, and they denied it existed (weird right?) I said, i would pay out of pocket for it, and still they insisted on the skin test. Im not sure if this was incompetence, or dishonesty, but either is not fine by me.
Fortunately, i later changed to a homebirth midwife who filled out the necessary paperwork, i got the blood test-negative. and painless)
The last time my DW was asked to take a TB Skin Test (TST), we opted instead for the Quantiferon test that is offered locally by Quest Diagnostics (No, I don't work for them or hold any stocks or other financial interests). We had to specifically ask for it as the doctor ordered the typical TST. The good thing is that our doctor had heard of the test and told us that in her other practice, that was what they did exclusively.
Our insurance covered it and like a previous poster said, it hurt less and we don't have to worry about getting something injected into us; it's just a simple blood test.
For me and my wife, there is the additional benefit that it does not falsely indicate positive for TB for someone who has had BCG vaccine (I got it in Finland and she got it in Chile). In the past, when my TST came up positive, I always had to get a chest X-ray to show my lungs were clear.
I've been telling EVERYONE about this test and am surprised that so few people, even in the medical field, know about its existence and much less its benefits.
I am in Canada. Both my teens have visited hospitals in the last year as field trips. No immunisation required.