Influenza (flu) is a contagious respiratory illness caused by influenza viruses. It can cause mild to severe illness. Serious outcomes of flu infection can result in hospitalization or death. Some people, such as older people, young children, and people with certain health conditions are at high risk for serious flu complications. The best way to prevent the flu is by getting vaccinated each year. Click here to read more!
- Also called “mono,” is a common illness that can leave you feeling tired and weak for weeks or months. Mono is usually caused by the Epstein-Barr virus (EBV). It is most often seen in teens and young adults.
- Mono can be spread through contact with saliva, mucus from the nose and throat, and sometimes tears. Because the virus can be spread through kissing, it has earned the nickname the “kissing disease.”
- Pneumonia is a lung infection that can make you very sick. You may cough, run a fever, and have a hard time breathing. It often clears up in 2 to 3 weeks. But older adults, babies, and people with other diseases can become very ill. They may need to be in the hospital.
- You can get pneumonia in your daily life, such as at school or work. It may be more severe because you already are ill.
Rapid Strep Throat
- For a rapid strep test, the throat and tonsils are swabbed to collect bacteria from the infected area for testing. The bacteria are analyzed to see whether Group A strep (streptococcal) bacteria are causing the sore throat. Results of a rapid strep test are available in 10 to 15 minutes.
A rapid strep test may be done in the following cases:
- A person has symptoms of strep throat infection.
- A person has been exposed to strep during an epidemic of rheumatic fever.
- The person has a personal or family history of rheumatic fever or other serious infections.