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How does one get tested for the flu?

Posted by on Oct. 12, 2009 at 11:23 PM
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I've never had the flu; or at least I've never been diagnosed with it.  I saw a mom on here that said her DD has the swine flu and that she was tested for it.  My question is, how do you test to determine something like that?  Is it a blood test?

by on Oct. 12, 2009 at 11:23 PM
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DakotaRose
by on Oct. 12, 2009 at 11:26 PM

It is a swab test that they send to a lab. It takes a week to get the results. The 5 minute test (another swab test) they do on the spot shows flu, but not the specific type. 

myfoursonsks
by on Oct. 12, 2009 at 11:28 PM

They swab your nose. Most docs won't test for it unless they are really need to know, such as they suspect another illness that could be worse. There isn't usually a reason to test.  Knowing you have it doesn't really change anything.  If you have flu symptoms, you get treated for the flu.

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