Manhattan doctors Recommend Rapid Testing for the Flu if You Show Signs or Symptoms of the Virus.
Rapid testing for influenza A & B can be especially useful during an outbreak of acute respiratory disease or during the influenza season. Patients who demonstrate symptoms of respiratory illness can be tested to determine whether influenza is present or not.
The influenza test helps determine the type and the strain of influenza. Influenza virus A & B cause flu pandemics annually. The two most common strains of influenza are H1N1 and H3N2.
While most cases can be diagnosed without testing but in some cases where the doctor feels the need to ensure correct diagnosis, they may recommend the diagnostic test. Influenza can be deadly if not diagnosed properly and by using such tests, doctors can minimize complications as well as its spread within the community.
The test is also useful in patients with high-risk conditions, patients with severe symptoms and patients in close contact with the community. The tests are also useful in monitoring the type of circulating strains and to help prevent possible pandemics as well as prepare for next year’s flu vaccine.
Our NYC physician’s office can perform the CDC-recommended rapid testing for influenza A and B. Flu tests are easier now than ever before. We use recommended flu testing kits that require nasal swabbing. Test results can be identified within 15-20 minutes (for rapid testing) and within a day for more conventional testing using these great diagnostic tools.
As any Upper East Side doctor can tell you, flu tests can be a very important part of diagnosis and treatment because flu symptoms can mimic other illnesses from time to time.
Misdiagnosis can be deadly which is why it is important to discern what illness needs to be treated. If you are experiencing flu-like symptoms, it is important to have the test taken within 48 hours of their onset in order to diagnose issues and begin to immediately monitor and assist patients who have been stricken with the flu.