Rapid Flu and Strep Test

Manhattan, New York, US

Service Information


United States

New York


983 Park Ave, Ste 1D22


Mon - Thu 08:00 AM – 7:00 PM; Fri 08:00 AM – 5:00 PM; Sat, Sun: Closed


Service Description

Manhattan internal medicine doctors and our top rated team of primary care physicians in NYC provide rapid testing for flu, and strep throat infections using FDA approved diagnostic tests. There are several different types of flu tests, but the most common is called the rapid influenza antigen test and can give results in less than 30 minutes.


Influenza is a respiratory infection caused by a virus. Usually, the virus spreads from person to person through sneezing or coughing or is contracted when you touch a surface contaminated with the flu virus before touching your face.

The flu is more common at specific times of the year and can begin as early as October and end as late as May.

Most people will recover within a week or so, but for others, the flu virus can prove more serious and can even cause death.

During the flu season, millions of Americans will contract the flu and will feel ill with fever, chills, a headache, stuffy nose, and muscle aches and other symptoms.

Rapid Flu Testing in NYC

Rapid flu testing can be useful Dr. Fathollahi, the best primary care doctors in NYCsuspect you may have influenza and allows us to treat you earlier. When you receive early treatment, it can reduce the symptoms of the flu.

There are several different types of flu tests, but the most common is called the rapid influenza antigen test and can give results in less than 30 minutes.

It isn’t quite as sensitive as other types of flu tests, but these usually require us to send samples to a specialized lab.

The rapid flu test can identify the type of flu virus as there are three main types called A, Be, and C. Most outbreaks of flu are caused by either A or B flu viruses.

Who Should Have Rapid Flu Testing?

Not everyone will benefit from rapid flu testing, but it can help people at risk of complications. These include anyone with a weakened immune system or who is pregnant, or who is under age 5 or over age 65.

What is The Test for Flu?

There are two ways our physicians can collect a sample for testing. The first is using a special swab to take a sample from your nose or throat. The second is to collect nasal aspirate. This is achieved by injecting saline sedation into your nose before removing the sample using gentle suction.

What Happens If the Result Is Positive?

If you receive a positive result from the test, you may have the flu we may be able to prescribe medicine to help prevent complications from the flu.

If the result is negative, you could have some other virus that is causing your symptoms, and we might need to order additional tests before making a diagnosis.

Manhattan Primary Care

983 Park Ave, Ste 1D22,

New York, NY 10028

+1 (212) 389-9929


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