Our office is open to care for our patients throughout this COVID pandemic for well and sick visits. We are also available to care for you via the phone, the patient portal, and telemedicine. Please contact us to schedule an appointment. Walk-ins will not be accepted at this time. Thank you for your patience.

Flu and RSV Testing in Buffalo, New York

Have your Child Tested for the Flu and RSV at Delaware Pediatrics

Influenza and respiratory syncytial virus (RSV) are both extremely common conditions that pediatricians often treat during the cold winter months. Both of these illnesses can be treated easily, though if left untreated will likely result in severe complications.

The board-certified pediatricians at Delaware Pediatrics provide comprehensive testing and treatment for the flu and RSV. Learn more about the flu and RSV, the testing process, and call our office in Buffalo to schedule your appointment today.


Call us at (716) 884-0230


What is RSV?

Everyone is fairly familiar with the influenza virus, but few individuals are able to identify early symptoms of respiratory syncytial virus. This particular illness is extremely common in young children, though it can affect persons of all ages.

RSV is associated with symptoms similar to a common cold, which include:

  • Coughing
  • A low-grade fever
  • Increased irritability
  • Nasal congestion
  • Runny nose
  • Loss of appetite
  • Difficulty breathing (will usually appear as wheezing or abnormally fast breaths)

It is possible for RSV to spread from person to person through vapors that are passed during a sneeze or cough.

When To Seek Treatment

Some mild cases of influenza or RSV may resolve themselves if the individual receives enough rest to fully recuperate. However, if you notice any serious symptoms such as breathing difficulties or a high fever, you should seek medical attention immediately. It is often better to be safe than sorry even when dealing with a mild case, as early treatment will be able to offer fast relief from painful symptoms.

Diagnosis Treating the Flu and RSV at Delaware Pediatrics

In order to officially determine whether or not your child has influenza or RSV, a variety of tests may need to be performed. This is primarily to do with the fact that there are multiple different strains of influenza that a child may contract. Influenza A and influenza B are among the most common, but it is also possible to test for other subforms. Several of these tests are also able to identify respiratory syncytial virus within the same sample provided by the patient.

Results are typically available within a few days after the sample has been collected and sent to the lab for testing. Rapid test options will of course have a much faster turnaround time that should be available within just a few hours. If you have completed flu and RSV testing with Delaware Pediatrics but have not yet received your results after several days, please contact our local office by calling (716) 884-0230 to inquire about your test results.

Based on the outcome of your tests, your child’s pediatrician will be able to recommend a course of treatment to relieve symptoms associated with your child’s illness. If you notice that your son or daughter’s symptoms are worsening, please bring them in for a consultation as soon as possible.

 

COVID-19 Update

During this difficult time, Delaware Pediatrics wants to assure you that we will be available to you for well and sick visit appointments.

It is especially important to maintain your well visit appointments that include immunizations. These are Birth through 2 year visits, 4 year visit, 11 year visit, and 16 year visit, but all well visit appointments are encouraged.

In order to ensure maximum protection to our patients the morning has been reserved for well appointments only. All patients will be asked to check in at the front door and then return to their cars until called directly into their exam room. We have designated exam rooms that will only be used for well visits during the morning. Patients that are scheduled for well visits but arrive with symptoms will be screened for fever prior to being allowed to enter the office. Those well visit appointments that arrive with symptoms will then be placed directly into rooms that have been designated to serve only those particular patients.

This is all being done out of an abundance of caution to insure patient safety and yet maintain wellness. All of our exam rooms will be sanitized before our afternoon session. The afternoon session will start at 2:00 pm. All scheduled sick visits will be first screened on the phone for potential Coronavirus risk factors. 

Patients that screen positive for Coronavirus risk factor cannot be given an office appointment since we have no test kits to confirm or rule out presence of Coronavirus. We will contact the Department of Health for those patients to coordinate appropriate testing and management. 

We will make every effort to perform telehealth visits whenever possible but will continue to see children in our office that need to be seen.

We will not be able to accept walk-ins.

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