Pathology Handbook

Varicella IgG Antibody


Varicella immunity, chicken pox immunity

Clinical Indications

To confirm immunity to chickenpox

Test Includes

Detection of IgG antibodies to Varicella zoster virus

Request Form 

Request via ICE


On request during routine working hours 

Specific Criteria

Please give detailed clinical information, including date of onset/contact with the suspected infection

Patient Preparation


Turnaround Time

All tests will be performed on the next routine working day after receipt of the sample or on same day if urgent

If a result is required urgently, for example in the case of a pregnant patient who has been in contact with a case of chicken pox, please contact the Microbiology Department on 01702 435555 ext. 6605


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
Delay in sample reaching laboratory

Lab Handling

Store sample at 4°C prior to testing; store for 3 months at -40°C after testing