Comprehensive Influenza Testing Improves Patient Care
Did you know there was more than one way to test for flu? It’s true.
PeaceHealth Laboratories offers advanced influenza (also known as respiratory virus) testing to accurately differentiate influenza from other respiratory illnesses.
Influenza, commonly known as the flu, is caused by different influenza viruses, most commonly type A but also type B. The infection usually manifests as an acute upper respiratory illness and may progress to viral pneumonia, or be complicated by a secondary bacterial infection.
Early flu diagnosis is key to:
- Provide the right treatment option
- Reduce exposure to others
- Limit inappropriate use of antibiotics
- Reduce the need for additional testing
Influenza treatment is most effective when started early in the course of the illness. This is particularly true if you or a family member is at high risk for complications. This includes young children, the elderly, pregnant women and anyone who is immunocompromised or has heart disease.
If you have symptoms of the flu (fever, cough, chills, runny nose, sore throat, muscle pains, headache, fatigue), ask your health care provider about the right test for you.