Flu Testing

Family Practice, Primary Care Practice & Urgent Care located in Northport, AL

Flu Testing

Flu Testing services offered in Northport, AL

When you need any lab services, easy access and convenience are essential. At Northside Primary Care in Northport, Alabama, Christine Falls, FNP-BC, Alisha Marie Moore, CRNP, FNP-BC, and the friendly team provide flu testing, on-site medical care, and more at the family practice. Call the office to schedule a flu test, or book online today.

Flu Testing Q & A

When should I have flu testing?

Flu testing determines if you have the flu (influenza) so you can get treated sooner. Early treatment may help lessen the symptoms. Most people with the flu experience mild symptoms and don't need to see a doctor. However, some people are at greater risk of severe flu-related complications and should see a doctor promptly.


You might need flu testing at Northside Primary Care if you or a family member have the following symptoms:


  • Cough
  • Fever
  • Sore throat
  • Stuffy or runny nose
  • Shortness of breath
  • Body aches and muscle pains
  • Headache
  • Nausea or vomiting (more common in children)
  • Diarrhea (more common in children)


It’s not possible to tell the difference between COVID-19 and the flu by the symptoms alone because they share some of the same signs and symptoms.


Specific testing is needed to tell what the illness is and to confirm a diagnosis. If you or the team suspect COVID-19, COVID testing is also available on-site.

How does flu testing work?

Flu testing is usually a simple and painless swab test. At Northside Primary Care, the team swabs either your throat or nasal passages to collect a sample for the test.


If you have symptoms like sore throat, cough, and runny nose, you might need testing to determine whether it’s the flu or a common cold. Flu testing allows the team to analyze results and recommend the best treatment plan.


Depending on your needs, the team can perform lab services at the same time as your wellness exam, urgent care exam, or walk-in appointment.

How long does it take to get results from flu testing?


It can vary by test, but you’ll usually get same-day results. You might need more in-depth testing for some conditions or illnesses, and these results could take longer.


You’ll often get results almost immediately, and the Northside Primary Care team can prescribe the treatment you need on the spot.


For efficient flu testing done by caring and friendly professionals at your family practice, call the office to schedule your test or request one online now.