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You may have an influenza test to help your health care provider determine what type of respiratory infection you have. The test may also be used to help determine a treatment plan or to monitor influenza activity within a community.
This test checks a sample of bodily fluid (secretions) for the presence of the influenza virus.
Sometimes, the test results may report that a condition is present when it is not present. This is called a false-positive result.
The test results may also report that a condition is not present when it is present. This is called a false-negative result.
Talk with your health care provider about what your test results mean.
This information is not intended to replace advice given to you by your health care provider. Make sure you discuss any questions you have with your health care provider.
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