Influenza Testing

10 Nov 2023

How do I know if I have the flu?

Your respiratory illness might be influenza (flu) if you have fever, cough, sore throat, runny or stuffy nose, body aches, headache, chills and/or fatigue. Some people may have vomiting and diarrhea, though this is more common in children. People may be sick with flu and have respiratory symptoms without a fever. Flu viruses usually cause the most illness during the colder months of the year. However, flu can also occur outside of the typical flu season. In addition, other viruses can also cause respiratory illness similar to flu. So, it is impossible to tell for sure if you have flu based on symptoms alone. If your doctor needs to know for sure whether you are sick with flu, there are rapid tests that can be done.


Why do i need to test?

  • Specific treatment with antivirals reduces the duration of symptoms.
  • Lowers risks of hospitalization and mortality.
  • Painless nasal swabs with results available in 15 minutes
  • Prompt management and treatment can be provided right away.


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