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Flu season is upon us, and that means it’s time for flu shots! But what exactly is a flu shot? And how does the process work? In this page, we will explore the process of flu testing and how it helps to keep us safe from the virus. We will also discuss some of the different types of flu tests available and how they work. So if you’re curious about what goes into keeping us safe from the flu, read on!

What is the flu?

The flu, also known as influenza, is a highly contagious viral infection that affects the respiratory system. Flu symptoms include fever, chills, body aches, fatigue, and sometimes vomiting and diarrhea. Flu testing is used to diagnose the flu and can be performed with a nasal swab or a blood test.

Symptoms of the flu

Flu symptoms can come on suddenly and can include:

  • Fever
  • Chills
  • Headache
  • Muscle aches and pains
  • Tiredness
  • Severe cough
  • Runny or stuffy nose 
  • Loss of appetite
  • nausea and vomiting (more common in children)

How is the flu spread?

The flu is spread through respiratory secretions, such as saliva, mucus, or blood, that come into contact with the nose or mouth of another person. These secretions can be spread through coughing or sneezing, or by touching contaminated surfaces and then touching the nose or mouth. The flu can also be spread by sharing utensils, cups, or other objects that have come into contact with respiratory secretions.

Who is at risk for the flu?

Flu testing is recommended for anyone who is at risk for the flu. This includes people who are 65 years of age or older, people with chronic medical conditions, pregnant women, and young children.

How can I prevent the flu?

Another way to help prevent the flu is to take some simple precautions to avoid exposure to the virus, such as washing your hands regularly and avoiding close contact with people who are sick.

What are the different types of flu tests?

The most common type of test is the rapid influenza diagnostic test (RIDT), which can provide results within minutes. Other types of tests, such as the viral culture and nucleic acid amplification test (NAAT), can take up to several days to provide results.

Which type of test is right for me?

There are two main types of flu tests: the rapid flu test and the viral culture. A positive result means you have the flu. A negative result means you probably don’t have the flu, but there’s a small chance that you could still have it.

The viral culture is the most accurate type of test, but it takes longer to get results. Results usually take a few days.

If you have severe symptoms or are at risk for complications from the flu, your doctor may recommend a hospital stay for observation and treatment.

How do I get a flu test?

There are several ways to get a flu test. You can go to your doctor, a clinic, or an urgent care center. You can also get a flu test at some pharmacies.

If you have health insurance, your insurance company may cover the cost of a flu test. The cost of a flu test can vary depending on where you get it done. Flu symptoms can include fever, chills, body aches, tiredness, cough, and sore throat.

Flu testing is a process used to determine if someone has the flu. There are many different types of flu tests, but the most common is the rapid antigen test. This test can be done with a swab of the nose or throat, and it usually takes about 15 minutes to get results.

A positive result on a flu test means that you have the flu, and you should stay home from work or school. If you have a positive flu test, your doctor may prescribe antiviral medication, which can help shorten the duration of your illness.

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TGH Urgent Care powered by Fast Track has partnered with the Florida Department of Health (FDOH) to offer oral COVID-19 antiviral treatments for those who qualify. These treatments are being offered at all TGH Urgent Care locations throughout the Tampa Bay area.

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