Flu Test

Flu Test in Oklahoma

At Optimum Primary Care, we prioritize timely and precise diagnosis for influenza, commonly known as the flu. Our flu testing services utilize top expertise to detect the presence of influenza viruses, enabling us to offer appropriate treatment and support during flu season. We ensure that our tests are more accurate than any other around town. 

What Is a Flu or Influenza Test?

A flu test, also known as a rapid influenza diagnostic test (RIDT), is a vital diagnostic tool used to detect the presence of influenza viruses in the body. It aids in confirming whether an individual has influenza (flu) or another respiratory infection. 

Types of Tests We Offer in Oklahoma:

Optimum Primary Care offers various types of tests, including molecular tests (PCR), rapid antigen tests, and rapid molecular assays (Nucleic Acid Amplification Test – NAAT). Each test has specific advantages in terms of accuracy and turnaround time. Our healthcare professionals will determine the most suitable test based on your symptoms and individual health needs. We also offer rapid flu testing.

Symptoms of the flu:

Recognizing the many symptoms of the flu is essential for early detection and prompt treatment. Common flu symptoms include sudden onset of fever, chills, body aches, headache, fatigue, cough, sore throat, and nasal congestion. These symptoms can vary in severity and may overlap with those of other respiratory illnesses.

The Procedure of the Test:

Our experienced healthcare team will gently collect a respiratory sample during a test by swabbing the back of your throat or nose. The sample is then analyzed to detect the presence of influenza viruses. Results are typically available within minutes, allowing us to provide timely medical guidance.

Why You Need a Test:

Accurate testing is crucial for several reasons:

Prompt Diagnosis: Early detection allows for timely treatment initiation, which can reduce the severity and duration of flu symptoms.

Preventing Spread: Proper diagnosis helps prevent the spread of influenza to others, especially those at higher risk of complications.

Targeted Care: Accurate diagnosis ensures patients receive the most appropriate and effective treatments for their condition.

Treatments We Recommend for Flu in Oklahoma:

If the test confirms an influenza infection, our knowledgeable healthcare team will recommend appropriate treatments, which may include antiviral medications, rest, hydration, and symptomatic relief. Our goal is to alleviate discomfort and support your recovery.

Preventive Measures Against the Flu:

Preventing the flu is essential to safeguarding our health and the well-being of those around us. Here are seven effective preventive measures:

  1. Annual Flu Vaccination: Getting a flu shot every year is the most effective way to protect against the flu virus.
  2. Frequent Handwashing: Wash hands with soap and water for at least 20 seconds, especially after coughing, sneezing, or being in public places.
  3. Use of Hand Sanitizer: When soap and water are not available, use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer to kill germs on your hands.
  4. Avoid Close Contact: Steer clear of individuals who are sick, and if you are sick, stay home to avoid spreading the virus to others.
  5. Cover Coughs and Sneezes: Always cover your mouth and nose with a tissue or your elbow when coughing or sneezing to prevent the spread of droplets.
  6. Disinfect Surfaces: Regularly clean and disinfect frequently touched surfaces at home, school, and work, such as doorknobs, light switches, and electronics.

Maintain Good Health Habits: Maintain a healthy lifestyle with regular exercise, a balanced diet, and adequate sleep to support a strong immune system.


The test for the flu is a diagnostic tool used to detect the presence of influenza viruses in the body. It aids in identifying the specific strain of influenza and guiding appropriate treatment.

Yes, there are over-the-counter test kits available. However, seeking a professional medical evaluation is advisable for the most accurate results and personalized care.

The tests are most effective within the first few days after experiencing flu-like symptoms. Early testing allows for timely diagnosis and treatment initiation.

If you experience flu-like symptoms and suspect you may have influenza, it is essential to undergo a flu test for an accurate diagnosis. This helps ensure appropriate management and prevents the spread of the virus to others.

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Michelle P
Michelle P
Since I moved from NYC, I've had a difficult time finding a good doctor in OKC. Dr. Chaudry and her staff have been so patient, trustworthy and knowledgeable to help me with all of my needs! They take the time to care for you. I'm so grateful I found their office.
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