How to test for the flu?

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When Is The Flu Season?

The flu season starts in September and last until the end of March. However, you can experience flu symptoms earlier and later then these parameters stated. The flu is especially hard on young children and seniors.

The Flu Can Mimic Other Health Problems

The flu mimics the common cold and a few other conditions making testing even more important. Medical professionals can test you for the flu in the first 24-hours when symptoms arise.

You may or may not display all of these symptoms. You may handle flu symptoms differently as do the medications you take to help decrease signs of the flu.

  • Fever and chills
  • Cough
  • Nausea/vomiting
  • Fatigue
  • Diarrhea
  • Runny nose
  • Sore achy muscles
  • Headache
  • Sensitivity to light

If you suspect, you have the flu,

  • Stay inside
  • Stay away from direct contact with other people at least until your fever goes away for 24 to 48 hours
  • Keep warm
  • Drink plenty of water
  • Take an over the counter pain, fever, and cough such as Ibuprofen, Acetaminophen, Aleve
  • Get plenty of rest

Flu Testing Is Essential For Many Reasons

The doctor has no idea if you have the flu without taking a flu test. No professional can say for sure until you test. You could have another health problem, and it may not be the flu.

Research has brought to the marketplace new antiviral drugs to take in the early stages of the flu. Professionals say within 48 hours after your symptoms occur. These antiviral drugs lessen your symptoms and shorten the length of the illness. Antibiotics never work on genuine flu cases.

Flu Testing Procedures

  • The doctor uses a cotton swab to touch the back of your throat or up the nose passage.
  • Seals the swab in a sterile container
  • Results are ready in 15 minutes

A flu test is important in that it looks for the type of virus you have, type A or type B.

All flu tests are not the same. A flu test result depends on upon the brand used, how it works and how big of a sample the doctor or is obtained from you.

The Flu Is the Flu

People feel that year after year it is the same old story when the flu season rolls around. However, the Flu virus changes from year to year.

Every year when manufacturers announce that the flu vaccine is now ready and shipped to health providers across the United States the vaccine is rarely the same as the year prior.

When your primary doctor receives flu vaccines supplies, you want to make an appointment to get yours as soon as possible as supplies run low or out completely as the weeks pass.

Manufacturers make each year’s flu vaccines, according to what virus was prevalent the year before and how many people were affected. The CDC monitors the types of flu and how many people are affected to determine how the vaccine needs compounding the following year.

When you take the flu shot in the fall, it is no guarantee that you are going to be lucky enough not to get the flu that year. What the flu vaccine does is it reduces the severity of the flu symptoms if you come down with the signs of the flu and test positive for having the flu and what type.

Since the flu can mimic a bad common cold is one good reason to be tested. Your flu test is going to be negative or positive; now you know what you are dealing with and how contagious you are to those around you.

 

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