Influenza (flu) Test (MHD1400)

Product Details

Use:

Influenza testing may be used to help you diagnose an influenza infection (flu). Influenza is a viral respiratory infection that tends to be seasonal, usually first presenting in late fall and disappearing in early spring. Antiviral testing detects the presence of the virus in a sample of respiratory secretions. Testing is optimal within 48 hours of the onset of symptoms when a greater amount of the virus is present to be detected, and antiviral treatment can have the greatest impact.

Influenza testing can help rule out other illnesses and reduce the chances of people using unnecessary antibiotics while increasing the chances that they will receive antiviral therapy early in the illness when it is most effective.

If you’re wondering whether you have the flu or just a cold, read more about differentiating the symptoms here

Recommended for:
People who have the following symptoms:

• Headaches
• Fever, chills
• Muscle aches
• Weakness, fatigue
• Stuffy nose
• Sore throat
• Cough

For more information on this test, visit labtestsonline.org

Includes:
Flu A and Flu B

Preparation:
There is no preparation for this test.

Test Processing:
Results within 24 hours

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