Infection with the influenza virus (commonly referred to as "flu") can result in illness ranging from mild to severe with life-threatening complications. As many as 1 in 5 Americans contract the flu each year and 36,000 people die each year in the U.S. from complications of flu.1
In order to effectively treat flu, it needs to be detected quickly. To do this it is important to recognize the symptoms as soon as they start. When symptoms are present, or you believe you have been exposed to the flu virus, you can visit your healthcare practitioner to have a QuickVue® Influenza test performed. The test results assist your healthcare practitioner in determining if you have influenza or perhaps some other illness that mimics the flu.2,3,4,5 Certain groups are at risk for secondary complications from flu and should be especially careful to seek medical attention promptly when flu is suspected.1 For most healthy people, rest and plenty of fluids is enough to get over the flu in 5-7 days with no long-term effects. On the other hand, a clear understanding of how the flu virus works inside the body to multiply and damage lung tissue is enough to make anyone eager to get rid of it as soon as they can.