The Advantages of Molecular Testing for the Flu

October marks the beginning of flu season.  As in previous years, flu cases are expected to peak between December and February, and taper off around May.   While most cases of the “flu” are diagnosed and treated empirically, based on the common symptoms with which it usually presents (fever, headache, sore throat, cough, runny nose, as well as body aches being the most common ones), this is obviously not a 100% accurate method of diagnosis. Instead, physicians should consider using molecular influenza assays to get an accurate diagnosis, especially in the case of patients with complications.

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