You probably don’t think about your immunity status on a daily basis—but it can impact your long-term plans, including school enrollment, travel and employment. Learn more about what immunity is and how we can help you understand your status with resources like our Standard Immunity Test.
What is immunity and why is it important to know my status?
Your immunity and immunity status are connected to your immune system, which is the body’s center for fighting infection and disease. Your immunity is your body’s overall ability to fight these infections and diseases.
Typically, when we’re children, we receive vaccines for serious diseases such as mumps, measles and rubella (MMR)—as well as vaccines the ones for chickenpox and hepatitis B (HBV). You also may have recovered from infections like these before, giving you some protective immunity from contracting these diseases.
Blood tests like our Standard Immunity Test are performed to determine whether or not you have protective antibodies from vaccines or prior infection. Results and data from vaccines you’ve received—including vaccine type, potency and schedule—and information about prior infections you’ve had comprise your immunity status.
So why is knowing your immunity status important? First, receiving vaccinations for diseases like chickenpox is another way to protect against being infected or prevent spreading the disease to others. Second, immunization records are either often required or helpful for major life moments such as:
- School. You may be required to provide proof of immunization before attending a new school
- Employment. Some employers may require proof of immunity before your start date
- Travel. Knowing your immunity status can help you have peace of mind for traveling to new places, familiar ones or ones required for work