Receive a Flu Test & Appropriate Treatment in West Hartford, CT
Do you have classic flu symptoms, such as fever, chills, body aches, fatigue, a stuffy nose, and a sore throat? If so, you may want to come see the caring medical providers at PhysicianOne Urgent Care in West Hartford, Connecticut. We can get to the bottom of your illness, which could likely be influenza—especially if you’ve fallen ill during one of the colder months of the year when flu viruses are running rampant. Our urgent care locations are open 365 days per year with extended hours, and you may choose to walk in or reserve your spot in line using our convenient online booking portal.
Will We Give You a Flu Test?
At PhysicianOne Urgent Care, our approach to flu testing is patient-centered and based on clinical judgment. While not all patients exhibiting flu-like symptoms will receive a flu test, our experienced healthcare providers will evaluate each case individually.
For example, if you come in on the first day you start feeling unwell and you had close contact with someone who was recently diagnosed with influenza, we may suggest a rapid flu test because you could potentially benefit from antiviral medication. On the other hand, if you’ve been feeling ill for longer than 48 hours, we would probably not suggest a rapid flu test because it is unlikely that an antiviral medication would reduce the severity or duration of your symptoms.
Flu testing is also typically recommended for patients with severe symptoms or those in high-risk groups. These groups may include individuals with underlying health conditions, pregnant women, young children, and the elderly. Our healthcare professionals will consider your medical history, symptoms, and risk factors to determine whether a flu test is necessary.
How Is the Flu Treated?
In most cases, flu treatment involves nothing more than resting at home for a few days and drinking plenty of fluids. But, if you have a severe infection or are at high risk for flu complications, we may prescribe an antiviral medication to help you feel better. When started within 48 hours of the onset of symptoms, the antiviral drugs used to treat the flu can reduce its duration by one to two days and also help prevent complications, such as pneumonia. Keep in mind that the flu is highly contagious, so it is best that you stay away from others while you are sick and recovering.
Turn to the Pros That West Hartford Residents Trust
When it comes to influenza, prompt action is the key to feeling better fast. If you think you might have the flu, stop by PhysicianOne Urgent Care in West Hartford for a flu test and prompt treatment. We accept most major health insurance plans and offer affordable self-pay rates for those who are not insured.
While you’re more than welcome to walk into one of our urgent care locations, we also offer 24/7 integrated telehealth services that allow you to speak to a local provider remotely, using a video-enabled smartphone, tablet, or computer. That way, you can receive expert care from the comfort of your own home. And if we determine that a flu test is necessary, we’ll arrange for you to visit our nearby urgent care center at your earliest convenience.