Varicella-Zoster Virus antibodies (IgG, IgM)

The Varicella Zoster Virus Antibodies, IgG test is typically done to check for immunity to the virus which causes chicken pox. Varicella Zoster Virus is a member of the Herpes Virus family.

This test measures the level of antibodies produced by the immune system in response to the virus. Results provide a numerical value for the antibody level which can be compared to a reference interval to determine immune status.

IgG antibodies are typically detectable a few weeks after the initial infection. In the United States, many people are vaccinated against Varicella when they are young. In most cases those who contract the virus and recover develop a natural immunity which protects them from catching it again.

  • Sample of blood serum
  • We perform the test every Wednesday