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Influenza Tests

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Also known as: Flu Test; Rapid Flu Test; Influenza Antigen Test; H1N1; Rapid Influenza Diagnostic Test; RIDT; Flu PCR
Formal name: Influenza Rapid Antigen Test; Influenza Type A and B Antigen Detection; Influenza A and B Culture; Influenza Type A H1N1; PCR for Influenza Virus

At a Glance

Why Get Tested?

To determine whether or not you have an influenza infection; to help your health practitioner make treatment decisions; to help determine whether or not the flu has spread to your community

When to Get Tested?

When it is flu season and your health practitioner wants to determine whether your symptoms are due to seasonal influenza A or B or to other causes; within 48 hours of the onset of your symptoms to help determine treatment options

Sample Required?

Depends on the requirements for the manufacturer's product being used; usually a sample collected on a swab from the nasopharynx or a nasal aspirate; under approved circumstances, a throat swab

Test Preparation Needed?