Flu Tests

The flu is a common viral infection that can cause various symptoms, including fever, cough, and body aches. Getting an accurate flu diagnosis is essential for effective treatment and management of symptoms. At CoreMed Plus, we offer flu testing services to help diagnose and treat the flu in a timely and effective manner.

These days, it can be difficult to get in to see a doctor, especially during the busy flu season. Long wait times, crowded waiting rooms, and limited availability can make it challenging for patients to get the care they need when they need it. At CoreMed Plus, we understand how frustrating and stressful this can be, and we are committed to providing our patients with prompt and efficient service, including fast and accurate flu testing.

Our flu testing services are designed to provide patients with an accurate flu diagnosis in a timely and convenient manner. We use state-of-the-art technology and evidence-based practices to provide reliable results that can help guide treatment decisions and improve patient outcomes.

Flu testing is a non-invasive and painless procedure that involves collecting a sample of respiratory secretions from the patient’s nose or throat. The sample is then analyzed in our on-site laboratory using rapid diagnostic tests or PCR (polymerase chain reaction) tests, which can detect the flu virus in the sample.

If a patient tests positive for the flu, our healthcare professionals will work closely with them to develop a customized treatment plan tailored to their needs. Treatment may include antiviral medications, rest, hydration, and other supportive measures to manage symptoms and prevent complications.

At CoreMed Plus, we understand that getting the care you need when you need it is essential for optimal health and well-being. That’s why we offer same-day appointments and walk-in services for flu testing and other urgent care needs. Our team of experienced healthcare professionals is dedicated to providing personalized care that is tailored to your individual needs, and we will work closely with you to develop a treatment plan that is right for you.

What is the Flu

Influenza, commonly known as the flu, is a contagious viral infection that affects the respiratory system. The flu is caused by influenza viruses, which can be transmitted from person to person through respiratory droplets when an infected person coughs, sneezes, or talks. The flu can cause various symptoms, including fever, cough, sore throat, body aches, and fatigue. While most people recover from the flu without complications, it can be a severe illness, particularly for people with weakened immune systems or underlying health conditions.

There are four types of influenza viruses: A, B, C, and D. Influenza A and B viruses are responsible for most human flu cases. Influenza A viruses are further classified into subtypes based on the proteins on their surface, including H1N1, H3N2, and H5N1. Influenza B viruses are divided into two lineages: Yamagata and Victoria.

The flu typically occurs in seasonal epidemics, which usually begin in the fall and peak in winter. The timing and severity of flu seasons can vary from year to year, and different strains of the flu virus can predominate each season.

The flu is highly contagious, and infected people can spread it to others before they show symptoms. The incubation period of the flu is usually one to four days, and symptoms can last for several days to a week or more. The severity of symptoms can vary depending on the person’s age, overall health, and other factors.

Symptoms of the flu can include:

  • Fever or feeling feverish/chills
  • Cough
  • Sore throat
  • Runny or stuffy nose
  • Muscle or body aches
  • Headaches
  • Fatigue (tiredness)
  • Some people may also experience vomiting and diarrhea, although these symptoms are more common in children than adults.

Most people who get the flu recover without complications, but the flu can cause severe illness or even death, particularly in people who are at high risk. These groups include:

  • Young children, particularly those under 5 years old
  • Adults over 65 years old
  • Pregnant women
  • People with weakened immune systems, such as those with HIV or cancer
  • People with underlying health conditions, such as heart disease, asthma, or diabetes

Complications of the flu can include:

  • Pneumonia
  • Bronchitis
  • Sinus infections
  • Ear infections
  • Dehydration
  • Worsening of underlying medical conditions

There are several ways to prevent the flu, including getting an annual flu vaccine, practicing good hygiene (such as washing your hands frequently and covering your mouth and nose when coughing or sneezing), and avoiding close contact with people who are sick. Treatment for the flu usually involves supportive care, such as rest, fluids, and over-the-counter medications to relieve symptoms. In some cases, antiviral medications may be prescribed to help reduce the severity and duration of symptoms.

The flu is a contagious viral infection that affects the respiratory system and can cause symptoms from mild to severe. While most people recover without complications, the flu can be a serious illness, particularly for people who are at high risk. Several ways to prevent the flu include getting an annual flu vaccine and practicing good hygiene. If you suspect you have the flu, seek medical care promptly to receive an accurate diagnosis and appropriate treatment.

Testing for the Flu

Flu testing is a diagnostic procedure that involves analyzing a sample of respiratory secretions to determine whether a person has the flu virus. The test is performed by collecting a sample of nasal or throat secretions from the patient, which is then analyzed in a laboratory to detect the presence of the flu virus.

There are two main types of flu tests: rapid diagnostic tests and PCR (polymerase chain reaction) tests. Rapid diagnostic tests can provide results within 15 to 30 minutes, while PCR tests can take several hours to a few days to produce results. PCR tests are more accurate than rapid diagnostic tests, but they also are more expensive and time-consuming.

Rapid diagnostic tests are usually performed in a healthcare provider’s office or clinic and involve collecting a sample of nasal or throat secretions using a swab. The swab is then inserted into a test kit, which contains antibodies that can detect the presence of the flu virus. The test kit will produce a positive result if the virus is present.

PCR tests are usually performed in a laboratory and involve a more complex process of analyzing the genetic material of the flu virus in the sample. The sample is first extracted and purified, and then a series of chemical reactions are used to amplify the viral genetic material, making it easier to detect. PCR tests can detect the flu virus even if the patient has a low level of the virus in their system.

In addition to rapid diagnostic and PCR tests, viral cultures and serological tests can be used to diagnose the flu. Viral cultures involve growing the flu virus in a laboratory. At the same time, serological tests measure the levels of antibodies in the patient’s blood that are produced in response to the flu virus. These tests are generally less commonly used than rapid diagnostic tests and PCR tests.

Flu testing is a simple and non-invasive procedure that can provide valuable information about a patient’s health status and help guide treatment decisions. If you are experiencing flu symptoms, seeking medical care promptly to receive an accurate diagnosis and appropriate treatment is important.

CoreMed Plus and Flu Testing

At CoreMed Plus, we offer flu testing services to help diagnose and treat the flu promptly and effectively. Our experienced healthcare professionals use state-of-the-art technology and evidence-based practices to provide reliable results that can help guide treatment decisions and improve outcomes for our patients.

If you suspect you have the flu, our healthcare professionals can perform a rapid diagnostic test or PCR test to determine whether the flu virus is present in your respiratory secretions. The test involves collecting a sample of nasal or throat secretions using a swab, which is then analyzed in our on-site laboratory to detect the presence of the flu virus.

If you test positive for the flu, our healthcare professionals will work closely with you to develop a customized treatment plan tailored to your needs. Treatment may include antiviral medications, rest, hydration, and other supportive measures to manage symptoms and prevent complications.

In addition to flu testing and treatment, we offer various other healthcare services to help our patients achieve optimal health and wellness. Our comprehensive approach to healthcare includes primary care, cardiology, vascular testing, and more, ensuring that our patients receive the highest level of care and support regardless of their healthcare needs.

We understand that getting the care you need when you need it is essential for optimal health and well-being. That’s why we offer same-day appointments and walk-in services for flu testing and other urgent care needs. Our team of experienced healthcare professionals is dedicated to providing personalized care tailored to your individual needs, and we are committed to providing prompt and efficient service to our patients.

If you suspect you have the flu, seeking medical care promptly to receive an accurate diagnosis and appropriate treatment is important. At CoreMed Plus, we offer fast and accurate flu testing services and comprehensive treatment options to help our patients manage their symptoms and prevent complications. Contact us today to schedule an appointment or walk-in for urgent care needs. Our team of experienced healthcare professionals is dedicated to helping you achieve optimal health and wellness.

Why Choose CoreMed Plus for Flu Testing

Here is a list of why you should choose CoreMed Plus for flu testing and how we can help you:

  • Experienced Healthcare Professionals: Our team of experienced healthcare professionals is dedicated to providing personalized care that is tailored to your individual needs.
  • State-Of-The-Art Technology: We use state-of-the-art technology and evidence-based practices to provide reliable results that can help guide treatment decisions and improve outcomes for our patients.
  • Fast and Accurate Testing: Our flu testing services are designed to provide patients with an accurate diagnosis of the flu in a timely and convenient manner, using either rapid diagnostic tests or PCR tests.
  • Comprehensive Treatment Options: If you test positive for the flu, we will work closely with you to develop a customized treatment plan that is tailored to your individual needs, which may include antiviral medications, rest, hydration, and other supportive measures to manage symptoms and prevent complications.
  • Same-Day Appointments and Walk-Ins: We understand that getting the care you need when you need it is essential for optimal health and well-being. That’s why we offer same-day appointments and walk-in services for flu testing and other urgent care needs.
  • Comprehensive Approach to Healthcare: Besides flu testing and treatment, we offer a range of other healthcare services to help our patients achieve optimal health and wellness, including primary care, cardiology, vascular testing, and more.
  • Convenient On-Site Laboratory: Our on-site laboratory allows us to perform flu testing quickly and efficiently, reducing the time it takes to receive accurate results and start treatment.
  • Patient-Centered Care: We are committed to providing patient-centered care tailored to your individual needs, and we will work closely with you to develop a treatment plan that is right for you.
  • Affordable Care: We believe everyone deserves access to high-quality healthcare, so we offer affordable care options and accept most major insurance plans.

At CoreMed Plus, we are committed to providing fast and accurate flu testing services, comprehensive treatment options, and patient-centered care tailored to your needs. Contact us today to schedule an appointment or walk-in for urgent care needs. Our experienced team of healthcare professionals is dedicated to helping you achieve optimal health and wellness.

Call Us Today!

Flu testing is a critical component of the diagnostic process for individuals who present with flu-like symptoms. At CoreMed Plus, we understand the importance of accurate and timely flu testing in providing the best possible care to our patients.

Our team of healthcare professionals is highly trained and experienced in the latest flu testing techniques, ensuring that patients receive the best possible care. We use state-of-the-art equipment and supplies to ensure that patients receive the highest quality care, and we work closely with the patient’s physician to tailor our care plan to the patient’s specific needs.

In addition to flu testing, we provide comprehensive care for a wide range of medical conditions. Our medical professionals are committed to providing the highest quality care to our patients, ensuring that they receive the care and treatment they need to recover fully and return to their daily activities as soon as possible.

At CoreMed Plus, we understand the importance of communication and collaboration in providing the best possible care to our patients. We work closely with our patients and their families to ensure that they are informed and involved in the care process, and we strive to provide compassionate, patient-centered care at all times.

Flu testing is a critical component of the diagnostic process for individuals who present with flu-like symptoms. At CoreMed Plus, we are committed to providing the highest quality care to our patients, ensuring that they receive the care and treatment they need to recover fully and return to their daily activities as soon as possible. If you or a loved one requires flu testing or other medical services, we encourage you to contact CoreMed Plus for the compassionate, expert care you deserve.

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If you’re ready to take charge of your health and embark on a journey toward a healthier, happier life, we invite you to contact us today. Our compassionate and knowledgeable staff is excited to take your call and help you on your health journey. We will work closely with you to develop a customized treatment plan that is right for you and provide the support and care you need every step of the way.

Don’t let health concerns hold you back – contact CoreMed Plus today and let us help you achieve optimal health and wellness. We look forward to hearing from you and helping you achieve a healthier, happier life.

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    Dr. Mark Richter Bio

    I grew up in Florida as the oldest of five sons. After earning my degree from the University of Florida, I pursued my medical education in the Dominican Republic. In 1988, I began my Family Practice Residency at the “old” Pontiac General Hospital. I have been providing medical care to the same community since 1991, first in Waterford and later at our current location in White Lake, where I continue to practice today. I take pride in being board certified by the American Academy of Family Physicians and remain committed to Primary Care. I am passionate about promoting a healthy lifestyle, including a proper “balanced” diet, exercise, exposure to healthy outdoor activities, and achieving work-life balance. I married my Medical School Sweetheart, Barbara, and we are fortunate to have two adult children and a granddaughter. We have been residents of Oakland County since 1988 and enjoy all that Michigan has to offer.