[MCOH-EH] MMR vaccine requirements

Tara Dockery tdockery at oceanbeachhospital.com
Wed Feb 22 13:28:07 PST 2017

That's weird. Usually people don't have documentation and don't remember, so its been our practice to run a titer to see if they have immunity.  But I can imagine every program is different.

From: MCOH-EH [mailto:mcoh-eh-bounces at mylist.net] On Behalf Of Swift, Melanie
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Hi Cathy,

The CDC does not recommend that you run titers for these diseases in the absence of vaccination records. If someone does not have a record of vaccination, the appropriate thing to do is vaccinate them. Antibody testing is not very informative or helpful for MMR. No, you should not check titers after vaccinating. One in 5 appropriately vaccinated individuals will have a negative IgG for mumps!

We do accept a positive antibody test if someone presents us with one, and we have checked IgG on someone who has a contraindication to vaccination, just to guide an accommodation decision.

Guidance may be found at Immunization of health-care workers: recommendations of the Advisory Committee on Immunization Practices (ACIP) and the Hospital Infection Control Practices Advisory Committee (HICPAC). MMWR 2011;60(RR07);1-45.<http://www.cdc.gov/mmwr/preview/mmwrhtml/rr6007a1.htm>

Attached is a statement we provide to people whose school, or next employer, is asking them to have labs drawn despite appropriate vaccination.


Melanie Swift, MD
Associate Professor of Clinical Medicine
Director, Vanderbilt Occupational Health Clinic
Vanderbilt University Medical Center

From: MCOH-EH [mailto:mcoh-eh-bounces at mylist.net] On Behalf Of Reichen, Catherine
Sent: Wednesday, February 22, 2017 11:36 AM
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Subject: [MCOH-EH] MMR vaccine requirements

Can anyone help me out?  If a new hire does not have vaccine records to prove MMR vaccination - we run titers.  If the titer for rubeola shows no immunity but rubella shows immunity - should the employee receive one or two MMR's?  Do you run repeat titers after a period of time?  Do you allow them to start working with only one vaccine? Can you also provide a resource of how to determine this requirement?  Thank you in advance!


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