Rapid testing for the influenza virus can help clinicians better manage symptoms when detected early and potentially reduce the amount of antibiotics being prescribed as a cautionary or reactionary measure. In the recent past, the quicker tests – which reduce diagnostic times from hours to minutes – were only available in hospitals. But that is changing as new technologies make rapid testing available to private practices, urgent care centers, and pharmacies.
Norman Moore, PhD
Director of Scientific Affairs, Infectious Diseases – Abbott