A rapid, CLIA Waived, easy to use rapid flu test for Influenza A +B antigens! This test is an in vitro rapid qualitative test that detects influenza type A and type B antigens directly from nasal swab, nasopharyngeal swab and nasal aspirate/wash specimens.
Features and Benefits
- Rapid diagnosis for early treatment
- 25 test kit (Includes two free tests for QC)
- Innovative flip test design
- Easy-to-read cassette
- Positive results in 10 minutes
- Pre-measured developer solution capsule for increased accuracy and ease of use
- Flock nasal swabs included for better specimen collection
- Detects H1N1 (Swine Flu)
What are Influenza Type A Flu and Type B Flu?
Influenza A viruses are the most harmful, as they can cause severe disease. Wild aquatic birds are often the hosts for a large variety of influenza A viruses. Sometimes these viruses are transmitted from bird to human and can cause devastating outbreaks. Influenza B almost exclusively infects humans and is less common than influenza A. Flu type B also mutates about two to three times more slowly than influenza A. Because humans are the natural host of influenza B, pandemics generally do not occur with influenza B viruses.
How well can a rapid flu test detect flu?
During an influenza outbreak, a positive rapid flu test is likely to indicate influenza infection. However, rapid tests vary in their ability to detect flu viruses, depending on the type of rapid test used, and on the type of flu viruses circulating. Also, rapid tests appear to be better at detecting flu in children than adults. This variation in ability to detect viruses can result in some people who are infected with flu having a negative rapid test result. (This situation is called a false negative test result.) Despite a negative rapid test result, your health care provider may diagnose you with flu based on your symptoms and their clinical judgment.
More information about Influenza is available at the CDC.gov.