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At a Glance
Why Get Tested?
To determine whether or not you have an influenza infection (flu), especially if you are hospitalized, have a weakened immune system, or are otherwise at an increased risk of serious complications from influenza; to help your healthcare 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 a healthcare practitioner wants to determine whether your symptoms are due to seasonal influenza A or B or to another cause; within 3 to 4 days of the onset of signs and symptoms, such as fever, headache, muscle aches, sore throat, weakness, fatigue, cough, sore throat, stuffy nose and sometimes runny nose
Test Preparation Needed?