Should You Get a Flu Test When You Think You Have the Flu?
If you’re experiencing flu-like symptoms, a prompt and accurate diagnosis is your first step toward getting better. The experienced physicians at PhysicianOne Urgent Care in Waltham, Massachusetts, can often diagnose influenza based on its symptoms alone. However, if necessary to confirm your diagnosis, we can also administer a flu test – which involves a simple swab of your throat or nose – and have your result available within minutes.
A flu test is a quick and easy way to help a physician to determine whether you have the influenza A or B virus, or if your symptoms are caused by a different illness altogether. Your physician can then use this information to determine the best treatment approach.
Why Come to PhysicianOne Urgent Care for a Flu Test?
While we don’t administer flu tests in every case, turning to PhysicianOne Urgent Care for a flu test is a good choice for many reasons. Consider that:
- We can provide a fast diagnosis – We have our own clinical laboratory, which means we won’t have to send your throat or nasal culture out to a third-party clinic for evaluation, losing valuable time in the process.
- We ensure the highest possible level of accuracy – The result of your flu test will be immediately evaluated by an on-site physician.
- We will customize your treatment – Based on your symptoms, medical history, and flu test result (if applicable), we will provide individualized treatment recommendations to help you feel better fast.
You don’t need to schedule an appointment to receive a flu test or treatment at PhysicianOne Urgent Care. Our professional and friendly team is available every day during extended hours to provide high-quality, walk-in medical care for influenza and a wide range of other non-life-threatening illnesses and injuries.
Think you might have the flu? It’s best to find out for sure. You are welcome to stop by our office in Waltham and take advantage of our urgent care and lab services at your convenience. Or, feel free to use our online check-in system to further expedite your visit. You’ll find plenty of convenient parking nearby, and we accept most major health insurance plans.