For persons that are experiencing flu symptoms such as fever, cough, and sore throat, there is no time to spare. The 2020-21 flu season is upon us, and flu cases in Los Angeles are already starting to rise. This year, the local community faces an unprecedented challenge as the SARS-CoV-2 (coronavirus) is continuing to spread across large metropolitan areas such as Los Angeles during the same time that the flu season is approaching.
Many have died or faced serious health repercussions as a direct result of COVID-19. However, the flu is known to be deadly as well, compromising the health of Americans that are most at risk — particularly children, the elderly, and those with preexisting medical conditions — year after year.
If you suspect that you, your loved one, or an employee has the flu, it is essential to confirm the diagnosis with the latest flu testing in Los Angeles. In the fight against common infectious diseases such as the flu and coronavirus, Total Testing Solutions has a comprehensive range of viral testing technology, providing services to individuals, families, and businesses throughout Los Angeles.
Total Testing Solutions (TTS) offers fast and precise flu diagnoses using the most advanced medical technology available. The BD Veritor Rapid Flu Test provides results in as little as 15 minutes so that patients with flu-like symptoms can have an accurate diagnosis and peace of mind without waiting days to get results. Unlike other types of flu tests, BD Veritor detects the presence of viral antigens in patients that are suspected of having an active flu infection. A sample is obtained using a nasal swab or throat swab that is immediately tested for antigens on the spot. By comparison, standard flu PCR tests take between 24 to 48 hours to deliver results.
The BD Veritor test has been approved by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration to detect positive flu results with extreme accuracy in just 15 minutes after the sample is collected. However, due to the flu incubation period, your Los Angeles rapid antigen test for the flu virus may require a PCR test to confirm a negative test result. This is especially true for patients that continue to experience symptoms, despite receiving a negative rapid flu test.
According to the CDC, a person with an active flu infection may experience some or all of the flu symptoms:
Note that not all persons with the flu will have a fever, and not all symptoms need to be present to indicate a possible flu infection.
Symptoms of the flu can mimic those of the common cold and even COVID-19. The possible signs of the flu that are listed above may indicate that a patient has an active flu infection, and thus require flu testing in Los Angeles. If you cannot wait 24-48 hours to have a standard PCR test, then our Los Angeles rapid flu test may be right for you. This rapid diagnostic test at TOtal Testing Solutions lets patients know if flu antigens are present in the body, with on-the-spot flu test results in just 15 minutes.
To reduce the risk of flu transmission to others, it is advised to stay home except to go to and from doctor appointments. While there is no cure for the flu, the Center for Disease Control advises that infected patients should stay home for at least 24 hours until the fever is gone (if present), as well as rest and drink plenty of fluids. Fever-reducing medication and pain relievers may be used to manage symptoms.
To help manage flu symptoms caused by an active infection without having to leave home, Total Testing Solutions is pleased to offer telehealth consultations for patients that receive a positive flu diagnosis. Whether or not a positive flu test is detected, all patients should continue wearing protective face masks outside of the home to reduce the risk of contracting the novel coronavirus. It is possible to contract both the flu and COVID-19 simultaneously, so if you have one, it does not mean you cannot contract the other.
As the 2020-2021 flu season approaches, now is the time to come in for your annual flu test in Los Angeles. The earlier you get the flu shot, the better. Studies show the flu vaccine is highly effective at reducing the risk of getting the flu virus. While viral flu strains are known to evolve each year, the flu shot slashes the risk of becoming infected by the flu virus by 40 percent. The vaccine is seasonal; unlike other types of vaccinations, it is necessary to come in for the flu shot each year to maintain effectiveness for the current flu season.
The Center for Disease Control (CDC) has urged Americans that are older than six months of age to have the annual flu vaccine. Yet only about half of Americans had the vaccine in the 2018-2019 influenza season. With the COVID-19 crisis causing an uptick in cases in the United States and across the globe, experts say it is more important than ever to get the influenza shot. As the coronavirus pandemic continues to rise in U.S. case numbers, there is one thing we know for sure. That is that having a preexisting or co-occurring health condition can have dire consequences for patients, which may include serious illness, hospitalization, and even death.
It is possible to have both the flu and the COVID-19 virus at the same time. Do not let your family, employees, or yourself take this unnecessary risk. All it takes is one quick appointment for a Los Angeles Flu Shot with Total Testing Solutions. For your convenience and safety, we now offer drive-through Los Angeles flu shots for the affordable cost of $49 at all of our local testing sites located throughout the greater metropolitan area.