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Is It a Cold or the Flu? Get the Symptoms Straight

Nov 30, 2016 4:11:24 PM

Sneezing, stuffy nose, sore throat—classic cold, right? It's possible, but it could also be the flu.

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Topics: Flu, Medical, Diagnostic

How Point-of-Care Tests Can Make Your Life Easier This Flu Season

Oct 14, 2016 8:30:00 AM

Did you know that treatment for influenza is most effective when implemented just 48 hours after the onset of symptoms? Having such a short window in which to help people puts tremendous pressure on healthcare professionals. Fortunately, advancements have been made in recent years that have reduced testing turnaround time (TAT) for patients. 

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Topics: Flu, Media Transport Systems, Diagnostic

Flu Season Q&A: Everything You Need to Know About Puritan Swabs

Dec 17, 2015 8:29:23 AM

The flu is always a big topic of conversation this time of year—in the news, on the internet, everywhere—and there's a lot of information out there for medical professionals who are involved in flu testing. But how much of it is truly helpful?

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Topics: Flu, Flocked Swabs, Diagnostic

How to Choose a Flocked Swab for Flu Testing

Nov 30, 2015 3:33:15 PM

When dealing with small or elusive samples as those needed for flu testing, flocked swabs are the way to go. Their ability to collect and elute specimen is unparalleled. 

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Topics: Flu, Flocked Swabs, Diagnostic

Which is the Best Type of Swab to Use When Diagnosing the Flu?

Nov 20, 2015 3:41:00 PM

Flocked Swab Flu Test

To the average patient, a flu test may seem simple. Stick a long swab up someone's nose and test the swab for the virus. Easy, right?

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Topics: Flu, Flocked Swabs, Diagnostic

RIDT vs RT-PCR vs Viral Culture for Flu Testing

Sep 21, 2015 3:01:35 PM

Back to school fever isn’t just for parents and kids. It’s inevitable with all that mixing and mingling that, come September, everyone’s getting sick.

Doctor’s offices and clinics find themselves inundated with RIDT flu tests, while long-term care facilities find themselves performing viral cell cultures and RT-PCR tests on a regular basis.

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Topics: Flu, Media Transport Systems

The Top 3 Methods For Diagnosing Influenza

Feb 5, 2015 2:43:00 PM

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Topics: Flu, Flocked Swabs, Media Transport Systems, Diagnostic

Flu Season 2015 - Puritan Responds

Jan 14, 2015 10:20:00 AM

2015 started off with a bang, and unfortunately so did the flu virus. Having swiftly spread throughout the country and increased in intensity from past years, 2015’s dominant strain, H3N2 is cause for concern. The CDC has reported that the flu virus has reached widespread levels, already causing the deaths of 21 children this season. While the CDC still strongly suggests getting vaccinated, they are also aware that the vaccine is not as effective as they had originally hoped, due to the difference in strain from years prior.
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Topics: Flu, Flocked Swabs, Media Transport Systems, Diagnostic

Influenza Test Procedure & More: Puritan’s Flu Central

Oct 27, 2014 8:58:54 AM

Ebola. Enterovirus. What’s next? Let’s not forget about the United States’ most prevalent and insidious virus: the flu. 

Last week, a toddler in Delaware was identified as the first influenza case of the 2014/2015 year. Flu season is officially underway. We send out hundreds of viral transport media kits for flu testing and field dozens of questions from healthcare professionals about what equipment to have on hand. 

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Topics: Flu, Flocked Swabs, Media Transport Systems, Diagnostic

How to Collect a Nasopharyngeal Swab Specimen for Flu Testing [VIDEO]

Oct 17, 2014 12:00:00 PM

It's the start of flu season. As North America's most trusted manufacturer of single-use-medical-products, we thought it was important to provide our clients with as much information as possible about flu testing best practices.

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Topics: Flu, Flocked Swabs, Media Transport Systems, Medical, Diagnostic

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