Do You Need a Flu Test?
Are you worried that you might have the flu? If so, don’t wait to seek the treatment you need. PhysicianOne Urgent Care proudly offers influenza (flu) examinations and treatment for patients in Mamaroneck, New York, and surrounding areas. In many cases, our medical professionals can diagnose influenza based solely on a patient’s symptoms, without the need for a flu test. We always stress that it’s important to see a medical care provider within 48 hours of noticing flu symptoms, as antiviral drugs are most effective when given during that timeframe.
When a Flu Test Might Be Necessary
If there’s uncertainty about what’s causing your symptoms, our medical professionals may recommend that you get a flu test. It’s important to do so because the type of treatment we recommend will partially depend on your flu test results. If your test comes back positive, we may prescribe an antiviral medication like Tamiflu. If it comes back negative, we might recommend a different course of treatment.
While everyone should see a doctor within 48 hours of the onset of flu symptoms, it’s especially important for certain individuals to receive medical care as soon as they start experiencing symptoms. This group includes:
- Children under age two
- Adults over age 65
- Women who are pregnant
- Adults who are morbidly obese (a BMI greater than 40)
- People who are immunosuppressed
- Individuals who have a chronic blood, endocrine, heart, kidney, liver, lung, or neurologic disorder
- Patients who have an intellectual disability or developmental delay
- Residents of assisted living facilities
There’s a higher chance that these individuals will develop complications, whether from influenza or another illness, so it’s particularly important that they receive an accurate diagnosis and prompt treatment.
Flu Tests Available on a Walk-In Basis
If you suspect that you might have the flu, you don’t need to wait for an appointment with your primary care provider. Simply stop into PhysicianOne Urgent Care’s Mamaroneck office — located at 1030 West Boston Post Road — whenever it’s most convenient for you. We’re open on weekdays from 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. and on weekends and holidays from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., and if needed, we can perform flu tests on a walk-in basis. To expedite your visit, you can reserve your place in line ahead of time using our optional online check-in system.