At a Glance
Why Get Tested?
To determine whether an infant, an elderly person, or an immunocompromised person has respiratory syncytial virus (RSV); to help determine whether or not RSV season has started in your community
When to Get Tested?
When it is RSV season (late fall through early spring) and your doctor wants to determine whether your runny nose, congestion, coughing and/or difficulty breathing are due to RSV or to other causes
Usually a nasal aspirate or nasal wash; occasionally a nasopharyngeal (NP) swab
Test Preparation Needed?