Measles, a very contagious virus, has been confirmed in several communities throughout the United States. In Spokane, WA two confirmed cases of measles were reported by local public health in the last week.
The disease remains one of the leading causes of death among young children globally. Many individuals who were vaccinated between 1957 and 1968 may not be immune to an outbreak because the vaccine used to immunize children during that time period was not as effective as the current vaccine. During a measles outbreak, the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s (CDC) Advisory Committee on Immunization Practices recommends efforts be made to ensure that all persons at risk for exposure and infection are vaccinated or have their blood checked for measles antibodies and do appropriate follow-up if needed1.
PAML, one of the nation’s top reference laboratories and a leading healthcare solutions provider, is offering a simple blood test to determine measles immunity. The measles blood test is only $45 and is available directly to consumers through Cinch, the laboratory’s consumer-based product line that empowers individuals to reveal their health through easy access to testing and information. The Cinch test can be accessed at http://bit.do/cinch-measles. Consumers may also purchase the measles test and have their blood drawn at any PAML Patient Service Center (PSC). All PSC locations are listed on the Cinch website at www.gocinch.com.
The $45 blood test measures the measles antibodies in a person’s blood. If the test result shows measles antibodies, then the individual is considered immune to the outbreak. Additionally, if a person does not have the antibodies in his or her blood, the laboratory recommends taking the test results to their doctor to determine if a vaccine is advisable. However, if an individual has documented evidence of measles infection or adequate vaccination or was born before 1957, he or she is considered to have lifelong immunity.
Cinch offers consumers a fast and reliable option by providing laboratory test ordering and results online. Cinch delivers the same superiority in laboratory testing that patients receive from their physician, but with much more convenience and flexibility, and often at a lower cost than a traditional physician visit.
To learn more about Cinch and the testing provided, visit www.gocinch.com.