Influenza screening


  • Results within 24 hours

  • Blood draw included

Influenza (Flu) is caused by a virus which targets the body's respiratory system such as nasal passages, throat and lungs. The general symptoms can include:
  • Fever.
  • Aching muscles.
  • Chills and sweats.
  • Malaise and lethargy
  • Headache.
  • Dry, persistent cough.
  • Shortness of breath.
  • Tiredness and weakness.
  • Runny or stuffy nose.
In those with lowered immunity, the very young and elderly, this virus can be severe and require intervention and treatment. Testing for this virus can help narrow down the cause of these symptoms and provide indication to further follow up testing.

What is the difference between Influenza A and B?

Influenza A causes the majority of illnesses detected in flu season, it is a faster changing, and more diverse virus than Influenza B.

Influenza B is also highly contagious, but as it can only spread between humans, it is less likely to genetically change as fast as type A.

Both Influenza A and B are contagious, and cause similar symptoms, they also both cause seasonal epidemics during the colder months.

How can I better protect myself from the flu?

  1. Avoid large crowds, and close contact with anyone who is ill, if possible. Large crowds can contain and spread viruses faster, because of the density of germs, and ease of spreading.
  2. Practice Good Hygiene – Wash your hands frequently with soap and water for at least 20 seconds, avoid touching your face, and always disinfect surfaces frequently.
  3. Practice a Healthy Lifestyle – Following a healthy lifestyle, like regularly exercising, eating a balanced diet, getting enough sleep, and managing stress can help boost your immune system.
  4. Get Vaccinated – The most effective way to protect against the flu, and decrease the chance of serious complications. You may feel achy and feverish after having it done, but this is a normal and natural reaction from your body, which will last a day or two, if at all.

How long does it take to get the results?

Results are typically available within 24 hours.