Answers to Common Cold and Flu Questions

Premier Health providers answer frequently asked questions about cold and flu.

How are flu types diagnosed?

Determining the difference in types of influenza is done with lab testing, according to the Centers for Disease Control and PreventionOff Site Icon (CDC).

Some rapid influenza diagnostic tests – which can provide results within 15 minutes – can identify the difference between Type A and Type B, according to the CDC.

If the rapid test does not determine which type of flu virus it is, other blood or lab work can be done by your physician to find out.

Talk to your doctor to find out more about how flu types are diagnosed.

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Source: Meghan Brewster, MD, Beavercreek Family Medicine; Nicholas Davis, MD, Centerville Family Medicine; Christopher Lauricella, MD, Family Medicine of Vandalia; Sally McIntyre, MD, Belmont Physicians; Josh Ordway, MD, Franklin Family Practice; Guillermo Trevino, MD, Covington Family Care; Lauren Roth, MD, Phillipsburg Family Care; Dori Thompson, MD, Springboro Family Medicine; Susan Davis-Brown, MD, Brookville Family Care; Amanda Fox, CNP, Dulan and Moore Dulan Family Wellness Center; Angelia Mickle, DNP, Jamestown Family Medicine; Leelmohan Ravikumar, MD, Troy Primary Care Physicians; Janet Smith, CNP, Southtown Family Practice; Aaron Block, MD, MPH, Franklin Family Practice; Anoopa Hodges, DO, Oakwood Primary Care

Guillermo “Bill” Trevino, MD

Guillermo “Bill” Trevino, MD

Miami County Internal Medicine

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Susan F. Davis-Brown, MD

Brookville Family Care

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