Health & Fit before the booster vaccination: When an antibody test makes sense and what it says

08:40  04 october  2022
08:40  04 october  2022 Source:   businessinsider.de

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Autumn has started and the Corona numbers are climbing again. The new Omikron vaccine is to help. But does an Booster already make sense or does immune protection still be enough? An antibody test helps to find out.

The immune protection in front of the coronavirus decreases from month to month. The permanent vaccination commission (STIKO) therefore recommends a booster vaccination after a minimum distance of six months for the last vaccination or infection. Many are unsettled whether their own immune protection is still sufficient and prefer to use the antibody test before vaccination.

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, however, an antibody test cannot be recommended before vaccination, according to experts. According to the chairman of the professional association of German laboratory doctors, Andreas Bobrowksi, an antibody test can provide clarity about immune protection, but RKI continues to advise against a test before vaccination. According to which there is sufficient immune protection, the explanation is not yet known from which antibody value. So far there are only estimates for the limit values.

Even those who have a high antibody mirror do not have to be afraid of vaccination

In an antibody test, the IgG antibodies (immunoglobulin G) are usually examined. These are specified in the WHO standard Bau/ML. Building stands for Binding Antibody Units. According to Bobrowski, a value of under 21.8 construction/ml no longer offers measurable protection. "In my opinion, a value of 500 is so high that you do not need a third -party vaccination immediately," said the laboratory doctor about the reporting magazine "Geo" .

is also clear: If you can be vaccinated again despite the high antibody mirror, you do not have to expect any damage, according to the RKI. Even with a low value, panic does not have to be used. Protection against a serious illness remains high in most cases. A refreshment is still recommended promptly.


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