Rapid Influenza Tests

Do you think that your kids have influenza? Let us help you determine it with a rapid influenza test and suggest the right treatment.

What is a Rapid Influenza Test?

Rapid influenza tests or Rapid influenza diagnostic tests (RIDTS) are used to tell whether the person has influenza. These tests are done to determine the presence of influenza A and B viral nucleoprotein antigens found in respiratory specimens, and show the result positively or negatively.

How Rapid Influenza Test is Done?

Rapid Influenza tests or RIDTS are done by inserting a swab into the nostril to get a sample. The results might be provided within 10-15 minutes. When the sample is taken, your kid might feel a gagging sensation or a tickle when they feel a swab in their nose or throat.

When to Visit a Doctor

If you think your kid has influenza, make sure to visit a GP who can perform a test to confirm if your kid has influenza.

Influenza can be more critical in kids suffering from health conditions such as

  • chronic respiratory conditions (including asthma)
  • chronic heart disease
  • chronic neurological or metabolic conditions
  • chronic kidney or liver problems
  • diabetes mellitus.

It can also be more aggravated in kids who have weak immune systems due to illness or medication. If your kids have any of these conditions and are suspected of influenza, visit your doctor as soon as possible.

What is Influenza?

Influenza (also known as the flu) is a viral infection that typically appears in the middle to late autumn and goes away in the spring.

It is a typical respiratory condition that affects the lungs and can result in headaches, fever, chills, muscle discomfort, tiredness, a stuffy nose, sore throat, and a cough. The flu’s symptoms are typically more severe and persistent than the flu-like symptoms brought on by a cold. Particularly among the very young, the elderly, and those with weakened immune systems or pre-existing lung diseases, the flu and its complications can result in hospitalizations or even death.

How to Take Care of Your Kid with Influenza at Home?

 Generally, most kids overcome influenza within a week without any treatment. Make sure your kid takes adequate rest and lots of fluids such as water.

They can be given paracetamol or ibuprofen for pain. BUT don’t give them aspirin as it might worsen the condition.  

Visit the GP urgently if your child feels unwell or suffering from dehydration or troubled breathing. Maybe they need to admit to the hospital.

WHY CHOOSE US

State of the Art Machines and Technology:

We are equipped with the latest lab technology operated by an experienced pathologist to ensure accurate results. These machines used in the collection, testing and tracking has let us get quick delivery of test report. Moreover, we stay up to date with the progress in the field of lab technology so that we ensure you the latest development in diagnostics.

Highly Trained Staff:

We are backed by highly trained and professional lab technicians and pediatricians.

Quick Turnaround:

Most of our tests are done in-house so that we can ensure you the quickest results possible.

Rapid Covid Testing for Children
East Cobb

Rapid PCR Results in 20 minutes. Testing by appointment only.

Pfizer Covid Vaccine is now available for all ages 12 and older including parents. Covid Vaccines open to the public including non-patients.

Call 678-501-5601 to schedule, see FAQ here.