Pathology Handbook

Measles antibody (IgG)

Clinical Indications

Suspected measles

Test Includes

Detection of IgG antibodies to Measles virus to determine immunity status

Request Form 

Request via ICE


Tests usually performed on next routine working day after receipt of sample

Specific Criteria

Please give detailed clinical information including date of onset/contact with the suspected infection.
This test is not routinely available for confirmation of immunity / vaccine uptake. If there is no history of vaccination or past infection MMR should be offered in preference

Turnaround Time

7-10 days


Serum, red or gold top (SST) tube


7 ml


Vacutainer red top


Samples should be transported to laboratory immediately

Causes for Rejection

Unlabelled / inadequately labelled sample 
Insufficient clinical information given 
See specific criteria above

Lab Handling

Aliquot and store at 4ºC prior to testing; Store second aliquot at -40ºC for 3 months following testing