TUBERCULOSIS TESTING INSTRUCTIONS FOR IN-SCHOOL VOLUNTEERS
The Los Angeles County Department of Public Health requires in-school volunteers to have a TB test. If you plan to volunteer at any of our partner schools you must take a TB test and submit to 826LA written proof that the results are negative. All we need is a signed copy of a physician/nurse/technician’s lab report (the “letter of clearance”) that states you do not have communicable tuberculosis. Generally, you go in one day to receive the test (a small injection under your skin), and you return to get it read 48 hours later. You must return to have your TB results read 48 hours after the TB test. Failure to do so will make the results inaccurate and you’ll have to take another TB test. Please schedule your appointment at a time when you know you can return after a 48 hour period. Please ask your doctor or clinic for more specific information and instructions.
If you have had a TB test within the last 4 years and the results were negative, you may forgo another TB test. Just go to the doctor or clinic that ran the test and get a letter of clearance that states you do not have TB.
Letters of clearance are valid for 6 months from date of issue.
To participate in ANY In-School project, you must turn in a letter of clearance before you first volunteer.
Note: This does not apply to tutoring, field trips, or workshops.
RECOMMENDED TB TEST LOCATIONS
ALWAYS CALL TO VERIFY HOURS AND AVAILABILITY
YOUR OWN DOCTOR
This can be very convenient, especially if you already have a reason to make an appointment. If this is the route
you want to take, make sure that the test is covered under your insurance plan.
LA COUNTY PUBLIC HEALTH CENTER
Having your test performed at a free clinic ensures that it will be free of charge! However, the LA County Public Health Centers do not schedule appointments. You must walk-in to have your TB test done. After the procedure, you’ll be given a follow up appointment to check the results. These free clinics tend to be very crowded, so prepare yourself for a wait.
Near Echo Park
Hollywood/Wilshire Public Health Center
5205 Melrose Ave.
Los Angeles, CA 90038
Mon-Fri: 8:30 AM-12 PM, Sat: 8:30 AM-12 PM
Near Mar Vista
Wellness Mart, MD
12200 Wilshire Blvd.
Los Angeles, CA 90025
Mon-Fri: 9 AM-7 PM, Sat: 10 AM-4 PM, Sun: 11 AM-4 PM
Near Manual Arts
Central Public Health Center
241 North Figueroa St. Suite 312
Los Angeles, CA 90012
Mon-Fri: 8 AM-5 PM
STUDENT HEALTH CENTER
College students may be fully or partially covered by their student health insurance plan. Call your student health center for more information on TB test coverage and services.
ST. JOHN’S WELLNESS CENTER
The St. John’s Wellness Center offers TB tests for only $5. Patients can call to schedule an appointment or walk-in during the hours of operation. Please note that St. John’s Wellness Center offers its services to individuals without health insurance (with the exception of MediCal and MediCare).
St. John’s Wellness Center
5701 South Hoover Street
Los Angeles, CA 90037
Mon, Tue, Thurs: 8:30 AM-7:30 PM, Wed: 8:30 AM-5 PM, Fri:8:30 AM-5 PM, Sat: 7 AM-3:30 PM
(Walk-ins accepted Monday-Friday; lines start at 7 AM)
RETURNING YOUR TB TEST RESULTS TO 826LA
For volunteers at 826LA in Echo Park, Mar Vista and Manual Arts please do one of the following:
Any questions about this process can be directed to:
Mike Dunbar at Mike@826LA.org.