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My Ds is 6 1/2 months old and I gave him his first DTaP shot when he was 4 months and again at 6 months. I know, I know... I shouldn't have. When I was pregnant I decided to delay all vax but when I visited the pediatrician's office, I was told that pertusses was very prominent in our area and that I should really consider giving him that vax. I got scared, so I did and now I am feeling remors. That is the only vax he has received.<br><br>
So my question is, how can I have his antibody titers test done if my pediatrician doesn't normally do it? Is there I lab I can contact? I don't really know how to go about it.
 

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If he is still breastfeeding, then they most likely will not do the tests, as they will show he has immunity.<br>
They prefer to wait a year after they have weaned, when they are making their own antibodies.
 

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What about when he is older like you say? Do most peds do the tests then or will I have to take another route?
 

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<div style="font-style:italic;">What about when he is older like you say? Do most peds do the tests then or will I have to take another route?</div>
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I don't understand why they would say no. If they say they don't do them, then I would think they would give you a referral.<br><br>
IME, our family practioner did ours, but he did have to send them to a lab, so, we did not get our results back right away. It's just a blood draw.
 

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Also, the only thing I have heard is that some insurances won't cover the cost. So, if you are worried about that, I would call your insurance provider and ask them and get a referral from them.
 

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Dh recently got his chickenpox titer checked after we had a possible exposure (wasn't cp) and his mom said he never got it. We just went to our family doc and asked about it. It was a simple blood test and our insurance covered it (and it usually doesn't cover much!)
 

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<div style="font-style:italic;">How effective is the titre?</div>
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I don't understand your question. The blood titer is a test, not a vaccine.
 

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<div style="font-style:italic;">when I visited the pediatrician's office, I was told that pertusses was very prominent in our area and that I should really consider giving him that vax.</div>
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Pertussis is "very prominent" <i><b>everywhere</b></i> . . . the CDC admits the disease is endemic. There are millions of people (vaxed and unvaxed) walking around with un/misdiagnosed pertussis annually.<br><br>
Besides, there's a reason why five (5) doses are recommended by kindergarten entry and then a Tdap booster in sixth grade and<br>
continued boosters every few years throughout adulthood . . . . the vaccine stinks. There's no other way to put it.<br><br>
In order for you to feel your child is "protected" against pertussis, your child would have to be vaxed from cradle to grave. And even then your child is very likely to get pertussis at some point.
 

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<div style="font-style:italic;">How accurate is it? Sorry, squirming baby on my lap when I asked.</div>
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It is very accurate at measuring the amount of antibodies in your blood stream.<br>
There is no data as to how much of a particular antibody is needed to protect from disease, although, even at low numbers, chances are that your memory cells already have the needed information to create more antibodies if you were to be exposed again.<br><br>
Hope that made sense.
 
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