Due to the largest measles outbreak since 1994, Jefferson Community Health & Life will be offering titers for the community May 28-31. The titer will cost $25. Appointments are required by calling Jefferson Community Health & Life outpatient services at 402-729-6851.
A titer is a laboratory test that is used to determine immunity to a disease. A titer is suggested for those who do not have documentation that they have had two MMR vaccines, especially if they plan to travel to states where measles is active. As of the end of April, measles had been reported in 22 states.
Blood samples collected during this opportunity will be send to the University of Nebaska Medical Center to check for immunity to Measles. Participants will receive information regarding their immunity, and if they are not immune will receive an insert with information on immunization clinics held by Blue Valley Community Action at JCH&L. The MMR vaccine (which includes measles, mumps and rubella) costs approximately $146 before insurance.
If you make an appointment for a titer, please bring a self-addressed stamped envelope for your results to be sent to you.
If you have questions about measles, the titer, or the vaccine, please contact JCH&L Infection Preventionist Amber Brunow at 402-729-3351, extension 4164.