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A 38-year-old member asked:
Dr. Mark Patterson
32 years experience Pediatrics
15 minutes: I'm sure it depends somewhat on the brand of the test, but the one we use in our office uses a nasal swab specimen, takes 15 minutes to run, and has a ... Read More
Dr. John Leander Po
18 years experience Infectious Disease
Clinical judgement: Depending on a number of factors, in an area where lots of people are catching the flu, the sensitivity rapid flu testing can drop below 50%. Therefor ... Read More
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A 33-year-old member asked:
Dr. Ahmad M Hadied
49 years experience Orthopedic Surgery
No: If you mean the test were they sample from your nose no, if any thing else send me more infomation.
Dr. Marina Armendariz
26 years experience Pediatrics
No: A nasal swab is used to obtain a sample. It takes 15 minutes to get a result.
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A 44-year-old member asked:
Dr. Michael Ein
48 years experience Infectious Disease
Yes: Depends on the test done but all tests for influenza can have false negative and false positive results. Some are more accurate than others.
A 33-year-old female asked:
Dr. James Ferguson
46 years experience Pediatrics
Probably ok to stop: If there wasn't a specific reason for the zpac in the first place, i would stop. Many of us see troublesome complications in flu patients & worry that ... Read More
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A 31-year-old member asked:
Dr. Jeffrey Juchau
33 years experience Family Medicine
Yes: Yes it could because it is a live inactivated virus.
A 30-year-old male asked:
Dr. Gurmukh Singh
49 years experience Pathology
What type of test: Older flu tests did have a number of false positive results. The newer molecular tests are more reliable. God forbid, your baby gets fever or any pr ... Read More
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A 54-year-old member asked:
Dr. Francine Yep
31 years experience Family Medicine
Yes: Your regular primary care doc can run the rapid flu test in their office. Hope you feel better soon.
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A 37-year-old member asked:
Dr. Alfredo Garcia
56 years experience Pediatrics
Flu test: Rapid tests for influenza involve taking a swab of the nose. More definite diagnosis involves 2 blood tests - one during the acute illness and another ... Read More
A 52-year-old male asked:
Dr. Oscar Novick
58 years experience Pediatrics
Coughing: See your doctor to rule out pneumonia or bronchitis.

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