Rapid influenza diagnostic tests can help detect the influenza virus in the respiratory tract. This is an important test for children, as the presence of both influenza A and B can cause serious illness. This type of testing is very informative, as it can tell us whether or not a child has an influenza infection. One of the advantages of this test is that it provides us with results within just 30 minutes. For those who are at high-risk of contracting influenza, this test can prove to be very beneficial.

When Is This Test Necessary?

Rapid influenza tests can help us both diagnosis and treat young patients who are showing signs and symptoms of influenza. Typically, this type of testing should be performed only when looking to control the infection and accurately treating it. There are a handful of considerations that will help minimize false results from the tests, which can occur.

Advantages

Here at Tots N Teens Pediatrics, we believe in taking a proactive approach to treating our young patients. If we believe your child is at risk of developing influenza, we may suggest this type of testing. Patients with certain illnesses or weakened immune systems may also be good candidates, as the test results may provide us with the information we need to help treat your child’s symptoms before they turn into full-blown influenza. Some of the advantages of this type of testing include:

  • Provide us with quick results (15-30 minutes)
  • Give us more information to help treat your child’s symptoms

It is important to note that there are many different factors that can influence how accurate these tests are. For example, if your child is showing clinical signs and symptoms consistent with influenza, it may increase his or her chance of the test coming back positive. Other rapid laboratory screening tests we provide include:

  • strep test
  • mono test
  • screening for Anemia
  • screening for diabetes
  • lead testing

Tots N Teens Pediatrics has three locations throughout Texas - Mesquite, Plano, and Forney. If you would like to learn more about rapid laboratory screenings tests, please contact us today. Our knowledgeable staff will answer any questions you may have and help you determine if you think this diagnostic test could be of benefit. Your child’s health and well-being is our top priority, which is why we offer a wide range of services just like this one. Please call us today to schedule an appointment at any of our three Tots N Teens Pediatrics locations.