Flu / Influenza Tests
Flu or influenza tests require a respiratory sample, such as a nasal swab, to check for the presence of the flu virus. Influenza tests provide results within approximately 10 to 15 minutes. If you have flu-like symptoms or are concerned about possibly having the flu, talk to your healthcare provider.
Symptoms of the flu include:
- Sudden onset of moderate to high fever.
- Dry cough.
- Sore Throat.
- Runny nose.
- Loss of appetite.
- Muscle aches.
- Tiredness (fatigue).
Your healthcare provider may order a flu test if you have risk factors for flu complications. Risk factors include:
- Having a weakened immune system.
- Having a chronic illness.
- Being pregnant.
- Being over the age of 65 or under the age of 5.
- Being in the hospital for treatment for another condition.
You may also need to take a flu test so that public health officials or providers can figure out whether an outbreak of respiratory illness in a community, such as a school or nursing home, has been caused by the flu.