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Swine Flu Test

About this test

This test will detect the Swine Flu Virus / H1N1 Virus which is a type of Influenza A Virus.

You can be tested if:

you have a high body temperature of over 38C or 100.4F or a history of fever and influenza-like illness which includes two or more of the following symptoms:

  • cough

  • sore throat

  • runny nose (rhinorrhoea)

  • limb or joint pain

  • headache

  • vomiting

  • diarrhoea

You should not consider testing if:

  • you DO NOT have a high body temperature of over 38C or 100.4F or a history of fever and influenza-like illness which includes two or more of the above symptoms as you may not have swine flu.

You should also be aware that:

  • if you are currently taking the antiviral Tamiflu, this may reduce the accuracy of the test and may give a false negative result.

    Orders received before 4:15pm Mon - Fri  are processed sameday and sent for next day delivery before 1pm.

    Orders placed after 4:15pm or at weekends / bank holidays will be processed on the next working day and sent for next day delivery before 1pm.

    The Swine Flu test kit contains two swabs. One swab is taken from the nasal passage and the other from the back of the throat.

    All appropriate packaging and instructions are included with the Swine Flu test kit.

    Samples should be posted to the laboratory by next day delivery before 9am to ensure results are available on time.

    Results for Influenza A are available within 1 working day of the sample arriving at our laboratory. Samples that test positive are then tested again to identify the pandemic H1N1 strain of the Influenza A Virus. This takes a further 2 working days.

    This particular test is a highly sensitive “PCR” based test, meaning that if you take a swab in the first 48 hours of someone having an ILI (influenza like illness) the likelihood of the test picking up the virus, if present, is more or less 99.9%. Samples taken after this time will still provide a result with a high degree of accuracy as long as you are still symptomatic.

    If you have flu-like symptoms and are concerned that you may have swine flu:

    • Read up on swine flu symptoms then use the NHS Direct swine flu symptom checker.

    • If you are then still concerned, stay at home and call your GP.

    • If the GP confirms swine flu by telephone, they will give you a voucher reference number entitling you to antiviral medication.

    • Give this number to a healthy friend or relative and ask them to pick up the antivirals for you from a designated local collection centre. stay at home and limit contact with other people.

     What should I do to keep from getting the flu?

    • Wash your hands
    • Try to stay in good health - assess your current health (Well Person Check)
    • Get plenty of sleep
    • Be physically active
    • Manage your stress
    • Drink plenty of fluids
    • Eat nutritious food
    • Try not touch surfaces that may be contaminated with the flu virus
    • Avoid close contact with people who are sick

    The information on this page has been reviewed and approved by...

    Dr Michaela Schuhwerk

    MRCP, DTMH, DFFP, DipGUM, MSc Infectious Diseases, CCST in GUM Medicine

    updated 6/10/2009

How it works

Collect Sample

We send you an easy-to-use kit to collect your swab sample.

Post Sample

Post your sample to our lab in the prepaid envelope provided.

View Results

View results securely in your own personal dashboard.

Important Information

Our tests are not a substitute for seeing your doctor, especially if you are suffering symptoms. Our doctors will interpret your results based on the information you have provided, but will not diagnose, consult or provide any treatment. You will be advised to see your doctor for any necessary follow-up action.

Swab sample collection kit

We will send you your Swine Flu Test swab sample collection kit which contains everything you need to take your swab sample in the comfort of your own home.

Postage & packaging

Your Swine Flu Test includes 1st class postage and packaging for you to send your swab sample directly to our laboratory for analysis. If you live in an area where you cannot rely on the post or you simply want to ensure that your sample arrives at the laboratory the following day, you may wish to send your swab sample guaranteed next day delivery for extra reassurance.

Private laboratory analysis

Your swab sample will be analysed at one of our chosen laboratories. You can be assured of fast, accurate results from one of our accredited independent providers of clinical diagnostic tests.

Interpretation of results

Our medical team will comment on out-of-range swab results and give you follow-up advice where necessary. If you need it, a PDF copy of your Swine Flu Test results can be downloaded for your doctor.

Secure online account with

Once you have placed your order you will receive login details to where you can manage your account, track your orders and view your Swine Flu Test results.

Health and Lifestyle tracker

Stay motivated by filling in your online health and lifestyle questionnaire and seeing how improvements in your lifestyle can influence your results. Your medical and family history gives us vital information when interpreting your results.

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