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Worcestershire Acute Hospitals NHS Trust
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Test
Varicella Serology
CategoryMicrobiology - Virology
Code
VZG
Request form
Requesting Varicella zoster antibodies/Immune status: 
 
In order to assess the significance of the result, the context in which the request has been made is important to determine whether further action is required in the event that the patient is non-immune (e.g. administration of Varicella zoster immunoglobulin, VZIG).   
Test information
Please provide the following information with all requests: 
If pregnant/immunocompromised: 
• Estimated date of delivery 
• Nature of immunosuppression (e.g. chemotherapy, HIV, steroids) 
• Nature of contact with a case of chickenpox/shingles 
    o Symptoms and date of onset of rash in contact 
    o Date(s) of contact 
    o Nature of contact (e.g. household, social) 
 
If neonate: 
• Gestational age at birth 
• History of  previous chickenpox in mother 
• Nature of contact with a case of chickenpox/shingles 
    o Symptoms and date of onset of rash in contact 
    o Date(s) of contact 
    o Nature of contact (e.g. household, social) 
 
Whether routine immunity check e.g. for Occupational Health purposes, or prior to immunosuppressive therapy 
Guidelines
VZIG guidance - 51KB PHE Guidance on use of Varicella Zoster Immunoglobulin (VZIG) during supply shortage
Pre-analytical
If there is a delay in transporting the specimen to the laboratory, please refrigerate.
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Requesting Varicella zoster antibodies/Immune status:
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Page last updated: 08 September 2021