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way to avoid PPD testing ?

Discussion in 'Optimal Labs' started by motivatedhealthseeker, Nov 8, 2016.

  1. Is there a way to get out of PPD testing for tuberculosis that is required for healthcare workers ? It has live antigens in it and has the possibility to wreak havoc on the immune system. One other option might be a chest x ray which isnt that great of an alternative either. Push comes to shove, what is the lesser or the two evils? Any other ways around it? They also require flu shots which is not requiredddd but then its said you have to wear a mask all the time.
     
  2. Jack Kruse

    Jack Kruse Administrator

  3. A blood test called quantiferon gold could be done in lieu of ppd but ofcourse its not as cost effective.
     
  4. Jenny Young

    Jenny Young New Member

    Late to the game, but this might help someone else. Just tell them you already tested positive. I tested positive as a teen and work in healthcare and never had to get it redone. They used to recommend a yearly chest x-ray, but now they don't even do that unless you're having symptoms.
     

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