As you may know, influenza is widely circulating in our community. According to the Centers for Disease Control (CDC), once influenza activity has been documented in the community or geographic area, testing each patient who presents with signs and symptoms of influenza is unnecessary. Providers are encouraged to use clinical judgement when making treatment decisions and a clinical diagnosis of influenza can be made based on presenting symptoms.
Furthermore, rapid influenza tests have a low sensitivity when influenza activity is high. This means that a negative result is an inconclusive result, it does not mean the patient does not have influenza. Only a positive test can be helpful to determine when a patient who has symptoms of influenza actually has influenza.
Remember, the best way to protect yourself and your loved ones is to get vaccinated. If your child has not had their flu vaccine yet, ask us today!