Theme Layout

Boxed or Wide or Framed

[Framed]

Theme Translation

Display Featured Slider

Featured Slider Styles

[Boxedwidth]

Display Grid Slider

Grid Slider Styles

Display Trending Posts

No

Display Author Bio

Display Instagram Footer

Test Your Children with the TB Blood Test. #TBBloodTest


I participated in an Influencer Activation on behalf of DiMe Media for the TB Blood Test.

Being a military family and being a former armed forces service member, I can't tell you how much vaccines/shots I've gotten over the years. It's a standing joke among the military that if there's a vaccine for it, we've gotten it. One of the things that we exclusively check for whenever we're getting deployed is Tuberculosis and the TB Test has always been one of the test that I dread. Having someone stick a needle with antigen under your skin and then tell you to come back a few days later is no fun. What's even worse is them telling you not to scratch it or irritate it because it does itch. What's even worse is getting false positive and having to do even more tests. Well that's all fine and dandy for adults but what about kids? I cherish my kids and when it comes to their health I fight to make sure that they are healthy and get the care that they need. There is nothing worse than seeing your children sick and knowing that there isn't much that you can do for them. My mother would always say that "one ounce of prevention is better than a pound of cure" and I agree, so I vaccinate (and this is my choice) and make sure that they get the medical care they need. The advances that has been made when it comes to healthcare has been one that I applaud and today I want to talk about the advancement of the TB test, in this case the TB blood test.


Before I tell you all about this new test, there are a few things that you should be aware of. Above is a picture of my boys, 2 of the most important people in my life and they are both in school. Being in school among hundreds of other kids means that they're exposed to lots of different illnesses, viruses etc. Have you ever wondered why your school aged children always seem to be the ones who come home sick? Kids don't care that their friends are sick, they want to be around their friend no matter what, so whatever their friends have, they are sure to bring home with them too. TB however is no laughing matter and is a serious disease that kills about 1.5 million people each year worldwide.

Did you know that:

  • TB is an airborne and very highly contagious infection disease that is caused by a bacterium. The bacteria is usually spread through the air by someone who is infected when that person sneezes, coughs, speaks and when the person who is nearby inhales the droplets. While TB usually affect the lungs, it can also cause disease in any part of the body including but not limited to your organs, lymph nodes, brain, eyes and even your bones. 
  • The TB infection is usually chronic and silent before becoming active. This inactive carrier state is called latent TB infection (LTBI) and can persist for weeks, months or years before developing into active contagious disease. Symptoms of active TB include chronic cough, fever, unexplained weight loss and, if severe, night sweats and even coughing up blood.
  • 30% of humans are infected and a new infection happens every 3 seconds, and every 21 seconds someone dies of the disease. Those are some very alarming facts.


Now with our children being in school it's important to get your school aged children (age 5-18) tested for tuberculosis in order to prevent the onset of the illness, and if they have been exposed to get them treated as soon as possible. Now the skin test has been around for over 110 years and the results haven't always been accurate or very reliable. That's where the new TB blood test comes in. Study results have shown that the TB blood test is more reliable in identifying those with latent TB who will soon progress to active TB, especially in children.

The TB blood test allows you to receive accurate results in just one visit to the doctor. Now there is no need to get the skin test, wait a few days and then come back to get the results read. With the TB blood test, a small sample of blood is taken and tested in the lab. The results can be obtained within 24hrs and you can even receive your results by telephone. If they happen to be negative, you now will be seen a lot faster for treatment instead of having to wait days with the TB skin test.


So if you have school aged children and you care about their health, I would recommend getting the TB blood test and keep them safe and protected. I know I have a little girl that will begin school next year and she is definitely going to get tested because "better safe than sorry".

Let's discuss: What do you think of the advanced TB blood test? 

Annmarie John
40 Comments
Share :

40 comments:

  1. I didn't know it was new! I have always had to have the Tb test as a teacher. I never had a reaction and in our hospital, you are given a card to compare your reaction to the serum, so no need to return to the dr. My neighbor is a nurse, so I always had her look at it until she reminded me that I had never been wrong, so I even stopped doing that. Agree with your take on public schools and vaccines, too.

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. While it's not entirely new, it's a lot quicker than getting the antigen placed in your arm. Those sometimes give false positives while the TB blood test is a lot more accurate.

      Delete
  2. I'm all about getting my babies vaccinated, for a while I was on the fence because of all of the (anti) media, but I changed my mind. My husband and my dad were both in the Army, so I totally know the jokes. :)
    I will certainly have to look into getting my babies tested. I learned a lot here today, thank you!
    XOXO
    www.mrsaokaworkinprogress.com

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. You're very welcome and vaccinating your children is all a matter of choice. I chose to vaccinate because I would rather my kids be protected than not.

      Delete
  3. I remember getting the Tb shot and son has had one too. I did not realize it was new. I thought it was just part of his annual blood work.

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. The TB blood test is fairly new. Before they would stick you and have you come back for a reading.

      Delete
  4. That's awesome that they changed it where you don't have to go back. Love that it removes that step. Thanks for the new info.

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. You're very welcome Carolyn and don't you just love how much easier it all is now?

      Delete
  5. Thanks for the tip and very useful information! The next time my daughter gets a check up I will ask about this!

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. Be sure that you do. Better safe than sorry right?

      Delete
  6. My sister in law always has to have the TB test as a teacher. It helps her keep her little ones safe.

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. That is great and I wish more parents would protect the teachers as well by having their own kids tested.

      Delete
  7. testing of any kind is so important! I have traveled the country due to military transfers and as an ER nurse, have discovered some areas are at so much higher risk for exposure!

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. Yes they are and that's why it's best to have your kids tested. It's why I make sure that mine do.

      Delete
  8. Good info! My kids are about to start school and I never even thought about TB!

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. Well I'm glad I was able to bring it to the forefront for you. I hope you do get them tested this year.

      Delete
  9. I didn't even know a TB blood test existed. This is great information for everyone, including those that have no kids. I'll have to look into this, thanks!

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. You're very welcome Jesenia and yes it's fairly new and a lot more accurate and way faster too.

      Delete
  10. I can recall that years ago, my godmother tested positive for TB. She had no idea that she had it and she was very fortunate that she had a doctor who was trained on the proper treatment. I think kids and younger people need to be closely monitored.

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. They really do and because you can have it and not know, it's best to get tested so you can find out.

      Delete
  11. I always hated that you had to go back after a few days. Love that that step is gone!

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. Oh I hate it just as much as you do. I'm glad that the TB blood test eliminates that step as well.

      Delete
  12. Thats awesome. I never knew that was an option! Great information on this.

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. Now you know, and knowing is half the battle. ;)

      Delete
  13. Thank you for the lovely informative post! I don't remember ever getting a test but it's good to know there are advances.

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. Maybe you should go and get tested. You'll never know if you've been exposed if you don't get tested.

      Delete
  14. This a great source of information on a subject that I bet not a lot of people consider.

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. Since you don't hear anyone saying "Oh I have TB", a lot of people don't really think about it, but you should be.

      Delete
  15. I hated getting the TB test when I was in school and college - awful! I have researched this a lot, and definitely want to go this route!

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. Oh I am with you on definitely going this route. Not only is it faster and a lot more accurate but who likes going back to the doctor?

      Delete
  16. Those statistics are alarming and I am so glad that they are finally bringing out a test. It is about time and hopefully it will help save lives.

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. Well they already had a test but now the blood test makes it a lot more convenient and much more accurate as well.

      Delete
  17. I dont have kids so yeah I am kind of ignorant to the importance of getting TB tested. I didnt know how serious it was so thanks for educating us on it.

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. While you don't just need it because you have kids, you can also get yourself tested as well. It's just a lot more important for school aged children who are constantly around other kids.

      Delete
  18. I have gotten the skin test a couple times and you are right it is awful. I couldn't imagine putting my kids through that. This blood test is awesome!

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. It's a nightmare and I hated it. Hated getting it done and hated going back in for the results. Now this blood test I can totally rock with!

      Delete
  19. I can honestly say for whatever reason I have missed out on the nightmare that is the TB skin test. We usually opt for blood testing instead of skin testing with allergies and such for our kids because it is more accurate!

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. That is great! I personally hated the skin test and it was what was offered so would prefer to get the blood test done.

      Delete
  20. I hated getting these as a kid & hated watching my daughter have to go through it too. It's so nice to hear of other people making sure their kids are covered - just wish everyone did this ya know.

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. I so know what you're talking about Laura and I wish that more parents would get their kids tested as well, I wish they would get them vaccinated too, but that of course is an entirely different post and story. :)

      Delete

[name=AnnMarie John] [img=https://3.bp.blogspot.com/-X9gUeVik-ZY/WJjwNTOobII/AAAAAAABTJ4/qEhU0n62_AIo-j6-6LA2OFOr44lKCHASwCLcB/s100/AnnMarie%2BJohn%2BHeadshot.JPG] [description=AnnMarie John is a lifestyle blogger, mom of 4, retired army veteran and a huge Disney lover. Formerly from the beautiful island of St. Vincent and the Grenadines in the Caribbean and now living in colorful Colorado, she loves sharing her opinions on everything, crafting and food.] (facebook=http://www.facebook.com/theannmariejohn) (instagram=http://www.instagram.com/theannmariejohn) (twitter=http://www.twitter.com/theannmariejohn) (pinterest=http://www.pinterest.com/theannmariejohn) (email=mailto:annmarie@annmariejohn.com)

Follow @TheAnnMarieJohn