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A 33-year-old member asked:

is there a shot or an i.v. involved when doing a rapid flu test?

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Dr. Marina Armendariz
Pediatrics 26 years experience
No: A nasal swab is used to obtain a sample. It takes 15 minutes to get a result.

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A 38-year-old member asked:

How fast and reliable is the rapid flu test?

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Dr. Mark Patterson
Pediatrics 32 years experience
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 specificity of 95%. Because it is important to treat patients with the flu within 48 hours of onset of symptoms, having a rapid test is very helpful. Better yet, however, is to get a flu vaccine and reduce the risk of getting sick!

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