Immunity to disease is normally gained through exposure to that disease whether through having already contracted it or from being vaccinated against it. Immunity levels can vary and past immunity does not necessarily offer protection for the future. It is important to understand your immunity especially if you are at risk of exposure to disease.
Following exposure to disease caused by virus, bacteria, fungus or cancer cells, the body manufactures antibodies which are specific to each type of foreign invader. An immunity test will tell you whether you have sufficient antibodies to provide protection against that invader in the future.
There may be a number of reasons why you wish to find out whether you have existing immunity to a disease; health professionals may have a particular interest in finding out whether they have immunity to infectious diseases due to their high level of exposure. If you are going abroad you may wish to check whether or not a pre-travel vaccine is necessary, particularly in the case of Hepatitis A and Hepatitis B. All of our Immunity Tests and Immunity Screens are performed in our accredited laboratory on a blood sample, and produce very accurate, fast results.
Our immunity checks are for individuals who wish to know whether they are protected from certain diseases, or whether they have had exposure to a disease which could explain on-going symptoms. In addition, some occupations require pre-employment testing and some countries require testing as part of the visa application process.
It is impossible to know whether you are immune to common diseases without an immunity check specific to that disease as there are no signs or symptoms relating to immunity.