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New ‘rapid’ flu testing could lead to better care for patients

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If you think you have the flu, new research shows a certain test for the virus could lead to better care.

According to a new study, using rapid testing to diagnose the flu provides more conclusive results.

The study found patients diagnosed without rapid testing were twice as likely to get a prescription for antibiotics, which do not help treat influenza.

The patients also endured more unnecessary lab tests like chest x-rays and blood tests.

On the flip side, patients diagnosed with rapid testing were three times more likely to get antiviral drugs which can help shorten and lessen flu symptoms.

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