About Polio virus immunity
What is poliovirus?
Poliovirus is a virus responsible for the disease poliomyelitis (polio). Historically polioviral infection was common, resulting in a range of symptom severity from no clinical symptoms to severe, life-threatening paralysis. There is no cure for poliovirus. Instances of polio worldwide have become rare thanks to the polio vaccine introduced in the mid-20th century and it has been eradicated altogether in the UK.
Vaccines convey immunity by stimulating the immune system to produce antibodies to target the agent that they protect against. These antibodies circulate in the blood permanently to quickly respond to infection with the virus, preventing it from causing disease.
Many individuals will fight off infection with poliovirus on their own but it can cause symptoms including sore throat, headaches, aches and pains and nausea. In extreme cases, poliovirus can affect the central nervous system leading to temporary or permanent paralysis.
Why take the test?
This test screens for poliovirus antibodies in the blood. It is used to detect immunity to poliovirus either through vaccination or previous exposure.
How it works
Purchase your Kit
Just order a test online and get your kit delivered right to your door unless you are ordering a COVID-19 Fit to Fly test where you will be given appointment options to attend our clinics across the United Kingdom for a nose and throat swab PCR test at the checkout stage.
Take your test and post
Follow our simple instructions to take your sample and post back the enclosed prepaid envelope to our accredited lab for processing. We also offer home or workplace visits by a qualified nurse. For COVID-19 Fit to Fly tests you must attend one of our partner clinics for our trained collection officers to take your sample. You will then have the results emailed to you.
Get results directly to your dashboard
You will receive an email notification from our medical team when your results are available on your secure personalised health dashboard.
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