The influenza virus, or the flu, is a common and serious virus that can interrupt your health. When patients exhibit signs or symptoms of the influenza virus, Dr. may recommend a rapid flu test. These tests are also helpful in determining whether outbreaks of respiratory diseases are being caused by influenza.
To perform a rapid influenza test, our doctor may take a nasal or throat swab, perform a bronchial wash, or an aspirate or wash. Depending on which method would be most productive, our doctor will explain the procedure beforehand. Once this quick procedure is complete, the sample will be sent to a lab, where they will run various diagnostic tests. Depending on the tests, you could receive results in as little as 15 minutes.
Based on the test results, our doctor can determine if you have the influenza A or B virus. This will help us know which vaccine or additional treatment you may need. Should you require any additional care, our doctor will provide additional instructions during your appointment.
If you have any questions or concerns about rapid flu testing in New York, New York, we invite you to call our office at 212-288-0900 and schedule your appointment today. We are always happy to help.