If you are showing flu-like symptoms, then yes, you should get a rapid flu test at our AFC Urgent Care Farragut center! These tests are quick, painless, reliable and produce results within minutes.

Our AFC team further highlights when you should consider getting a flu test below, so keep reading!

What Are Signs That I Have the Flu?

Common colds and the flu are sometimes confused with each other. While common cold symptoms do come with the flu, you experience them with more severity when dealing with the flu virus. Plus, you will experience cold symptoms gradually, while you will likely experience the below-mentioned flu symptoms all at once.

A mild fever you might have with a cold will rise in temperature with the flu. The flu also adds body chills and aches to its arsenal, as well as an unshakeable feeling of fatigue.

Common Flu Symptoms

  • Fever or feeling feverish/chills
  • Cough
  • Sore throat
  • Runny or stuffy nose
  • Muscle or body aches
  • Headaches
  • Physical fatigue

Are Rapid Flu Tests Reliable?

Yes, they are! In most studies, the specificity of influenza testing is 90–95%, meaning that out of 100 tests, 90 to 95 will result in an accurate diagnosis.

Other AFC rapid tests, such as strep tests and COVID-19 tests, are reliable as well! If you believe you are sick with an illness like the flu, strep or COVID-19, our AFC Urgent Care Farragut center offers rapid testing with accurate results in 15 minutes or less. Plus, you don’t even need to make an appointment! In the meantime, exercise the below-mentioned health-safety precautions to keep yourself and others healthy.

Health-Safety Precautions

  • Frequently wash your hands for at least 20 seconds.
  • If you don’t have access to soap and water, use alcohol-rich hand sanitizer.
  • Avoid touching your eyes, nose and mouth as much as possible.
  • Cover your mouth with a tissue or elbow when you sneeze or cough.

Feeling less than your best? Don’t wait to visit our AFC Urgent Care Farragut center for a rapid test or other general medical care today!