Although flu viruses spread year-round, infections start to increase in October, leading to peaks between December and February.
That’s because winter weather and shorter days mean people spend more time crowded together indoors. This gives the virus more opportunity to spread through droplets that are generated when people infected with the virus cough, sneeze or talk.5-7
So as soon as you begin to experience symptoms, make sure you get tested. A rapid molecular flu test may allow you to get the right treatment sooner. Just as important, knowing sooner can help you prevent the spread of the flu to others.3-4
For many people, coming down with the flu means a few days of illness.2,8 Some people may feel tired and weak for several weeks following an infection.9 But the flu can also have severe consequences, especially for people who are younger than 5, older than 65, pregnant or who have certain health conditions like asthma, diabetes and heart disease.2
There are medicines available to treat the flu (called antivirals), and they work best when started soon after flu symptoms begin.12
Because it is both fast and accurate, rapid molecular testing may be the best option to help your clinicians make a treatment decision for you.3,13
This program will teach you about rapid tests and how they can quickly identify illnesses like the flu, COVID-19, respiratory syncytial virus (RSV), and strep throat. Rapid testing can help you get treated earlier and get well sooner.
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