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Rapid Flu Testing in SW Charlotte


Our walk-in urgent care clinic provides rapid flu testing 7 days a week with no appointment necessary. Results are usually available 15 minutes after being seen.

Rapid flu testing at AFC Urgent Care

With our Rapid Flu Test, you’ll get fast results – usually within 15 minutes or less.

Rapid Flu Testing is a reliable and efficient method of testing for influenza that can provide results quickly and accurately. A Rapid Flu Test uses a nasal swab to detect Influenza Type A with a 96.3% accuracy rate and Influenza Type B with a 100% accuracy rate. This makes it more reliable than the regular influenza diagnostic tests (RIDTs) used by many other clinics and doctor offices. When we talk about accuracy, it’s important to consider these two factors: Sensitivity and Specificity. Rapid Flu Testing has both. It is sensitive enough to identify the presence of the virus and specific enough to identify the type of virus. This means that it will accurately diagnose the flu and help you get the treatment you need.

The Infectious Diseases Society of American (IDSA) released updated guidelines in 2018 that recommend and prefer the use of this type of flu testing over rapid influenza diagnostic tests (RIDTs) for the detection of influenza viruses for outpatients. This flu testing is more reliable and accurate than RIDTs, and it’s a great way to ensure that you and your family are properly diagnosed and treated for the flu.

If you’ve been feeling under the weather, it could be the flu. Prescription anti-virus flu treatments, such as Tamiflu (Oseltamivir) or Xofluza (baloxavir marboxil), are most effective when taken within 48 hours of your first flu symptoms. That’s why getting a fast and accurate diagnosis is so important. At our clinic, we provide quick, reliable testing to help our medical team provide you with the best possible treatment.

Don’t wait to get the care you need. Come to our clinic today and get the fast, accurate diagnosis you need to start your flu treatment right away.

The flu (influenza) is a serious illness that can cause mild to severe symptoms. It’s different from a cold and can come on suddenly, so it’s important to be aware of the signs and take steps to protect yourself and your loved ones.

Common symptoms of the flu include:

  • Fever or chills (not everyone will have a fever)
  • Runny or stuffy nose
  • Cough
  • Sore throat
  • Muscle or body aches
  • Vomiting and diarrhea (more common in children than adults)
  • Headaches
  • Fatigue/tiredness

If you experience any of these symptoms, visit our walk-in clinic ASAP. We can help diagnose the flu and provide you with the best course of treatment. It’s also important to take preventive measures to protect yourself from the flu. This includes getting a flu shot every year, washing your hands often, covering your mouth when you cough or sneeze and avoiding contact with people who are sick.

Sensitivity and Specificity play a crucial role in the accuracy of Rapid Flu Test results.

Sensitivity measures how often a test correctly generates a positive result for people who have the condition that’s being tested for (known as the “true positive” rate). A test with high sensitivity will not generate many false-negative results and will accurately identify almost anyone with the disease.

Specificity measures a test’s ability to correctly identify those who don’t have the condition being tested for (known as the “true negative” rate). A test with high specificity will correctly rule out almost everyone who doesn’t have the disease and won’t generate many false-positive results. This is important for providing accurate results and avoiding unnecessary further testing or treatments.

At AFC Urgent Care Tyvola Road, we offer flu testing for influenza A and B that has a high degree of accuracy. Our rapid flu tests have a sensitivity of 96.3% for influenza A and 100% for influenza B, and a specificity of 97.4% for influenza A and 97.1% for influenza B. This means that our tests are highly reliable for detecting influenza A and B.

Our rapid flu test will correctly identify patients 96.3% of the time that have Influenza A, with 2.6% false positives and 3.7% false negatives. For patients with Influenza B, it will correctly identify patients 100% of the time, with no false positives and 2.9% false negatives.

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