Flu refers to illnesses caused by a number of different influenza viruses. Influenza can cause a range of effects and flu and/or cold-like symptoms, from mild to lethal. Flu symptoms may include coughing, fever, sore throat, runny or stuffy nose, headaches, body aches, chills and fatigue. Annual flu outbreaks of the seasonal flu usually occur during the late fall through early spring. Most people have natural immunity, and a seasonal flu vaccine is available. In a typical year, approximately 5 to 20 percent of the population gets the seasonal flu and approximately 36,000 flu-related deaths are reported.
A number of flu test kits are available to detect influenza viruses. The most common are called “rapid influenza diagnostic tests” that can be used in outpatient settings. These tests can provide results in 15 minutes or less. BinaxNow, Quidel, and Osom offer the easiest flu test kits on the market.
The BinaxNOW Influenza A & B Test just got easier with accurate differentiation between influenza A and influenza B using one simple step on one test. Now you can focus on the results and treating the patient, not running the test. This flu test kit is CLIA Waived and you get results within 15 minutes.
The QuickVue Influenza Test kit tests for A and B influenza strains allows for the rapid, qualitative differential detection of influenza type A and/or type B antigens directly from nasal swab, nasopharyngeal swab, nasal wash and/or nasal aspirate specimens. This flu test kit is CLIA Waived and you get results within 10 mins or less.
The OSOM Influenza A & B test kit provides a rapid differential diagnosis of Influenza A and/or Influenza B from nasal swab specimens. The testing method is an immunochromatographic assay which uses mouse monoclonal IgG antibodies to Influenza A and/or B nucleoproteins to form a complex with Influenza A and/or B viral antigens. Specimens are collected with a nasal swab, and test results are available in ten minutes. This flu test kit is Moderately Complex.
You can order any of these flu test kits from Express Medical Supplies. Now is the time to stock up, to avoid the rush when the regular flu season hits.