Ordering Recommendation

Evaluate the ability of a patient to produce antibody to pure polysaccharide vaccines (Pneumovax) or protein conjugated vaccines (Prevnar) after vaccination to rule out antibody deficiency.


Quantitative Multiplex Bead Assay




1-3 days

New York DOH Approval Status
This test is New York DOH approved.
Specimen Required
Patient Preparation

Serum separator tube. Post-immunization specimen should be drawn 30 days after immunization and, if shipped separately, must be received within 60 days of pre-immunization specimen.

Specimen Preparation

Separate serum from cells ASAP or within 2 hours of collection. Transfer 1.5 mL serum to an ARUP Standard Transport Tube. (Min: 0.25 mL) MARK SPECIMENS CLEARLY AS "PRE" OR "POST" SO SPECIMENS WILL BE SAVED AND TESTED SIMULTANEOUSLY.

Storage/Transport Temperature


Unacceptable Conditions

Plasma or other body fluids. Contaminated, hemolyzed, or severely lipemic specimens.


After separation from cells: Ambient: 48 hours; Refrigerated: 2 weeks; Frozen: 1 year (avoid repeated freeze/thaw cycles)

Reference Interval
Interpretive Data

A pre- and post-vaccination comparison is required to adequately assess the humoral immune response to Prevnar 7 (P7), Prevnar 13 (P13), and/or Pneumovax 23 (PNX) Streptococcus pneumoniae vaccines. Pre-vaccination samples should be collected prior to vaccine administration. Post-vaccination samples should be obtained at least 4 weeks after immunization. Testing of post-vaccination samples alone will provide only general immune status of the individual to various pneumococcal serotypes.

In the case of pure polysaccharide vaccine, indication of immune system competence is further delineated as an adequate response to at least 50 percent of the serotypes in the vaccine challenge for those 2-5 years of age and to at least 70 percent of the serotypes in the vaccine challenge for those 6-65 years of age. Individual immune response may vary based on age, past exposure, immunocompetence, and pneumococcal serotype.

Responder Status                           Antibody Ratio
Non-Responder . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Less than 2-fold
Weak Responder . . . . . . . . . . . . . 2-fold to 4-fold
Good Responder . . . . . . . . . . . . . Greater than 4-fold

A response to 50-70 percent or more of the serotypes in the vaccine challenge is considered a normal humoral response1. Antibody concentration greater than 1.0 - 1.3 µg/mL is generally considered long-term protection2.

1.Daly TM, Pickering JW, Zhang X, Prince HE, Hill HR. Multilaboratory assessment of threshold versus fold-change algorithms for minimizing analytical variability in multiplexed pneumococcal IgG measurements. Clin Vaccine Immunol. 2014;21(7):982-8.
2.Daly TM, Hill HR. Use and Clinical Interpretation of Pneumococcal Antibody Measurements in the Evaluation of Humoral Immune Function. Clin Vaccine Immunol. 2015;22(2):148-152.

Compliance Statement B: For laboratory developed tests not using a RUO kit, and for FDA approved, cleared or 510(k) exempt assays with alterations. This test was developed and its performance characteristics determined by ARUP Laboratories. The U. S. Food and Drug Administration has not approved or cleared this test; however, FDA clearance or approval is not currently required for clinical use. The results are not intended to be used as the sole means for clinical diagnosis or patient management decisions.

Hotline History
CPT Codes

86317 x14

Component Test Code* Component Chart Name LOINC
0050706 Pneumo serotype 1 IgG (P13,PNX) 85954-6
0050708 Pneumo serotype 4 IgG (P7,P13,PNX) 86107-0
0050709 Pneumo serotype 5 IgG (P13,PNX) 86130-2
0050713 Pneumo serotype 6B IgG (P7,P13,PNX) 27118-9
0050715 Pneumo serotype 3 IgG (P13,PNX) 86080-9
0050716 Pneumo serotype 7F IgG (P13,PNX) 25296-5
0050717 Pneumo serotype 9N IgG (PNX) 86169-0
0050718 Pneumo serotype 14 IgG (P7,P13,PNX) 85991-8
0050719 Pneumo Serotype Interpretation 42771-6
0050721 Pneumo serotype 8 IgG (PNX) 86147-6
0050722 Pneumo serotype 9V IgG (P7,P13,PNX) 30153-1
0050723 Pneumo serotype 12F IgG (PNX) 85977-7
0050724 Pneumo serotype 18C IgG (P7,P13,PNX) 27395-3
0050726 Pneumo serotype 19F IgG (P7,P13,PNX) 86024-7
0050727 Pneumo serotype 23F IgG (P7,P13,PNX) 86064-3
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