1-4 days after setup at PeaceHealth Laboratories’ reference lab.
Specimen Collection Details
One 7.5 mL serum separator tube (SST).
Allow to clot, centrifuge and immediately separate serum into a plastic vial. Label specimen clearly as ‘pre-vaccine’ or ‘post-vaccine’.
48 hous ambient, 14 days refrigerated, or 1 year frozen. Avoid repeated freeze/thaw cycles.
1 mL serum.
150 µL serum.
Pre- and post-diptheria/tetanus vaccine specimens should be submitted for testing. Post-specimen should be drawn 30 days after immunization and, if shipped separately, must be received within 60 days of pre-specimen.
Plasma or other body fluids.
Antibody concentrations of >0.1 IU/mL are usually considered protective for Diptheria or Tetanus.