Originally Posted by ssun5
If your child has CP then I would get the titer done if you wish or keep it in his chart that he had it so there is no need for another shot.
Just so you know, a titer test isn't done until one month after the infection has gone.
The reason for that is that antibodies don't form until then.
that might come as a surprise to you given that the only thing doctors think has any value is antibodies.
So here's a quick immunology lesson for you. Which actually is plain commonsense, which doctors forget to tell you. Every cold, every infection you have ever come across -even if you have never had clinical symptoms for it - has been fought by something called the innate immune system. You know, tonsils, adenoids, the other five palentine tonsular ring (there are seven altogether called "Waldeyer's Ring") There is a huge immune system, spread right through your stomach and intestines, your bronchials, your skin - everywhere.... which exists as a front line immune system which orchestrates more than 70% of your infection fighting capacity. (Since there are such huge gaps in their understanding of the immune system, they are just guessing about that percentage...)
The key to a healthy front line immunity is your nutrition, decent sleep and healthy attitudes. To that I could also add faith, but that might lead to contentious bun-fights so perhaps we should lay that to one side...
That immune system that saves you from all diseases.... has nothing to do with the one they do the blood test for, to find if you are immune or not.
It's a fact, written into all immunology text books, and something doctors NEVER tell you,... that children who are COMPLETELY unable to make any antibodies whatsoever, sail through measles with a normal course of infection, a normal rash with no recurrence.
Why? because we are designed to fight infection WITHOUT antibodies.
But, since it's the only "measure" of immunity ability that most doctors recognise, and are able to accurately measure, if, for some reason, your titre tests come back negative they will want to vaccinate you.
I mention this, because I've had the distinction of having had hepatitis B twice. (different substrains, so they pontificated without any evidence .... but hey...) For 13 years, I had antibodies, but on a blood test 25 years afterwards there were none.
The doctors pronounced that I should have the primary series of hepatitis B vaccinations.
My reply? "Turn on your computer. Go to pubmed and punch in "memory anti-bodies". Or go to Google scholar and punch in "an amnestic response"
The doctor went bright red, and said, "That was a daft thing for me to say wasn't it?" I nodded and said, "Doesn't it ever amuse you, that the medical profession has no way of measuring what a memory antibody is?"
He just laughed.
By the way, my doctor is very intelligent, yet at times I can look in his right ear, and see out the left.