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Pediatric urgent care

500 Cahaba Park Cir, Birmingham, AL 35242500 Cahaba Park Cir
Open until 8:00 pm
  • Mon12:00 pm - 8:00 pm
  • Tue12:00 pm - 8:00 pm
  • Wed12:00 pm - 8:00 pm
  • Thu12:00 pm - 8:00 pm
  • Fri12:00 pm - 8:00 pm
  • Sat 8:00 am - 6:00 pm
  • Sun 8:00 am - 6:00 pm
4.79(3.6k reviews)
This clinic is rated highly in patient reviews and ratings

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Urgent Care for Children, Highway 280 - 500 Cahaba Park Cir, Birmingham
The staff went above and beyond to make sure my daughter was seen and taken care of.

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Urgent care
Accepts kids

1539 Montgomery Hwy, Hoover, AL 352161539 Montgomery Hwy
Open until 8:00 pm
  • Mon 8:00 am - 8:00 pm
  • Tue 8:00 am - 8:00 pm
  • Wed 8:00 am - 8:00 pm
  • Thu 8:00 am - 8:00 pm
  • Fri 8:00 am - 8:00 pm
  • Sat 9:00 am - 5:00 pm
  • Sun 1:00 pm - 5:00 pm
4.93(547 reviews)
This clinic has shorter than average waiting periods

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Physicians Care, Hoover North - 1539 Montgomery Hwy
Upon entering, I was immediately greeted. The receptionist was very friendly and polite as she assisted me as i was signing in. Although I had no appointment and they were about to close, they had me checked in. The clinic and rooms were very well cleaned. The NP on duty was so nice, patient, and very informative. She took her time to explain everything to me, asked me questions, and told me what to expect afterwards. Thank you guys for your hospitality and putting a smile on my face. I would definitely return for assistance when needed.

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Urgent care
Accepts kids

1989 Montgomery Hwy, Hoover, AL 352441989 Montgomery Hwy
Open until 8:00 pm
  • Mon 8:00 am - 8:00 pm
  • Tue 8:00 am - 8:00 pm
  • Wed 8:00 am - 8:00 pm
  • Thu 8:00 am - 8:00 pm
  • Fri 8:00 am - 8:00 pm
  • Sat 9:00 am - 5:00 pm
  • Sun 1:00 pm - 5:00 pm
4.93(258 reviews)
This clinic has shorter than average waiting periods

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Physicians Care, Hoover South - 1989 Montgomery Hwy
That was my first time there and the experience was awesome. Friendly staff and very personal.

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Urgent care
Pediatric urgent care

1001 Brocks Gap Pkwy, Hoover, AL 352441001 Brocks Gap Pkwy
Open until 8:00 pm
  • Mon12:00 pm - 8:00 pm
  • Tue12:00 pm - 8:00 pm
  • Wed12:00 pm - 8:00 pm
  • Thu12:00 pm - 8:00 pm
  • Fri12:00 pm - 8:00 pm
  • Sat 8:00 am - 6:00 pm
  • Sun 8:00 am - 6:00 pm
4.76(1.1k reviews)
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Urgent Care For Children, Hoover - 1001 Brocks Gap Pkwy
Picked my child up from daycare with fever and sore throat thankfully they are open after 6pm check in was with fast results. I will definitely use the them again.

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Urgent care
Pediatric urgent care

117 N Chalkville Rd, Trussville, AL 35173117 N Chalkville Rd
Open until 8:00 pm
  • Mon12:00 pm - 8:00 pm
  • Tue12:00 pm - 8:00 pm
  • Wed12:00 pm - 8:00 pm
  • Thu12:00 pm - 8:00 pm
  • Fri12:00 pm - 8:00 pm
  • Sat 8:00 am - 6:00 pm
  • Sun 8:00 am - 6:00 pm
4.76(4.1k reviews)
This clinic is rated highly in patient reviews and ratings

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Urgent Care for Children, Trussville - 117 N Chalkville Rd
I feel like they actually listened to me and were thorough.. my daughter has been sick with various symptoms for two months and I finally feel like she will get better now. Thank you so much ♥️

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833 Princeton Ave SW, Birmingham, AL 35211833 Princeton Ave SW
Open 1:00 pm
  • Mon 8:00 am - 1:00 pm
  • Tue 8:00 am - 1:00 pm
  • Wed 8:00 am - 1:00 pm
  • Thu 8:00 am - 1:00 pm
  • Fri 8:00 am - 1:00 pm
  • SatClosed
  • SunClosed
4.33(473 reviews)
Quest Diagnostics - 833 Princeton Ave SW
I was very surprised with my experience here. My appointment was made very quickly. I was seen in a very short period of time. My test results came back in a very timely manner. I was able to speak with a doctor soon after and was taking care of. I was very satisfied with the experience I had here. I definitely recommend using them for any issues you have or any questions you may have.
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513 Brookwood Blvd, Birmingham, AL 35209513 Brookwood Blvd
Open 3:00 pm
  • Mon 8:00 am - 5:00 pm
  • Tue 8:00 am - 5:00 pm
  • Wed 8:00 am - 5:00 pm
  • Thu 8:00 am - 5:00 pm
  • Fri 8:00 am - 3:00 pm
  • SatClosed
  • SunClosed
4.27(558 reviews)
Quest Diagnostics - 513 Brookwood Blvd
I thought it was extremely easy to book a lab test appointment with Quest. Getting the test done was simple and so was the getting the results! Great job putting together something so user friendly.
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1010 1st St N, Alabaster, AL 350071010 1st St N
Open12:30 pm
  • Mon 7:30 am - 12:30 pm
  • Tue 7:30 am - 12:30 pm
  • Wed 7:30 am - 12:30 pm
  • Thu 7:30 am - 12:30 pm
  • Fri 7:30 am - 12:30 pm
  • SatClosed
  • SunClosed
4.32(497 reviews)
Quest Diagnostics - 1010 1st St N
I thought it was extremely easy to book a lab test appointment with Quest. Getting the test done was simple and so was the getting the results! Great job putting together something so user friendly.
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Urgent care

125 20th St S, Birmingham, AL 35233125 20th St S
Open until 7:00 pm
  • Mon 7:00 am - 7:00 pm
  • Tue 7:00 am - 7:00 pm
  • Wed 7:00 am - 7:00 pm
  • Thu 7:00 am - 7:00 pm
  • Fri 7:00 am - 7:00 pm
  • Sat 8:00 am - 3:00 pm
  • Sun 1:00 pm - 5:00 pm
4.42(12 reviews)
This clinic has shorter than average waiting periods

Short Wait Time

I had a wonderful experience, the staff was very courteous and efficient. The two receptionist set the tone for a very pleasant visit. The wait time wasn’t very long, I was in seen and out the before I knew it. I will definitely be using them again. I highly recommend UAB Medicine Urgent Care
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3221 3rd Ave S, Birmingham, AL 352223221 3rd Ave S
Open until 5:00 pm
  • Mon 9:00 am - 5:00 pm
  • Tue 9:00 am - 5:00 pm
  • Wed 9:00 am - 5:00 pm
  • Thu 9:00 am - 5:00 pm
  • Fri 9:00 am - 5:00 pm
  • Sat 9:00 am - 5:00 pm
  • Sun 9:00 am - 5:00 pm
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3201 4th Ave S, Birmingham, AL 352223201 4th Ave S
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1528 Carraway Blvd, Birmingham, AL 352341528 Carraway Blvd
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3600 4th Ave S, Birmingham, AL 352223600 4th Ave S
Open until11:59 pm
  • Mon12:00 am - 11:59 pm
  • Tue12:00 am - 11:59 pm
  • Wed12:00 am - 11:59 pm
  • Thu12:00 am - 11:59 pm
  • Fri12:00 am - 11:59 pm
  • Sat12:00 am - 11:59 pm
  • Sun12:00 am - 11:59 pm
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Urgent care

1944 28th Ave S, Homewood, AL 352091944 28th Ave S
Open until 9:00 pm
  • Mon 9:00 am - 9:00 pm
  • Tue 9:00 am - 9:00 pm
  • Wed 9:00 am - 9:00 pm
  • Thu 9:00 am - 9:00 pm
  • Fri 9:00 am - 9:00 pm
  • Sat 9:00 am - 6:00 pm
  • Sun 9:00 am - 6:00 pm
3.0(10 reviews)
I scheduled an online visit for my teenage daughter with complete ease. From the moment we walked into the waiting room and then to the treatment room and again at our exit we were greeted by the kindest and professional staff. They were wonderful to us and very concerned about caring for my daughter and getting her what she needed. Our provider was especially kind and in depth with her medical care. Each time a staff member left the treatment room my daughter said, “They are so nice mom.” I was very satisfied with the care and felt great about what the provider diagnosed and recommended for treatment. Also the clinic was super clean! Stacy Dennis
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5377 1st Ave N, Birmingham, AL 352125377 1st Ave N
Open until 3:00 pm
  • Mon 7:30 am - 3:00 pm
  • Tue 7:30 am - 3:00 pm
  • Wed 7:30 am - 12:00 pm
  • Thu 7:30 am - 3:00 pm
  • Fri 7:30 am - 3:00 pm
  • SatUnknown
  • SunUnknown
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790 Montclair Rd, Birmingham, AL 35213790 Montclair Rd
Open until 4:00 pm
  • Mon 8:00 am - 4:00 pm
  • Tue 8:00 am - 4:00 pm
  • Wed 8:00 am - 4:00 pm
  • Thu 8:00 am - 4:00 pm
  • Fri 8:00 am - 4:00 pm
  • SatClosed
  • SunClosed
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800 Montclair Rd, Birmingham, AL 35213800 Montclair Rd
Open until11:59 pm
  • Mon12:00 am - 11:59 pm
  • Tue12:00 am - 11:59 pm
  • Wed12:00 am - 11:59 pm
  • Thu12:00 am - 11:59 pm
  • Fri12:00 am - 11:59 pm
  • Sat12:00 am - 11:59 pm
  • Sun12:00 am - 11:59 pm
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880 Montclair Rd, Birmingham, AL 35213880 Montclair Rd
Open until 5:00 pm
  • Mon 9:00 am - 5:00 pm
  • Tue 9:00 am - 5:00 pm
  • Wed 9:00 am - 5:00 pm
  • Thu 9:00 am - 5:00 pm
  • Fri 9:00 am - 5:00 pm
  • Sat 9:00 am - 5:00 pm
  • Sun 9:00 am - 5:00 pm
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513 Brookwood Blvd, Birmingham, AL 35209513 Brookwood Blvd
Open until 8:00 pm
  • Mon 8:00 am - 8:00 pm
  • Tue 8:00 am - 8:00 pm
  • Wed 8:00 am - 8:00 pm
  • Thu 8:00 am - 8:00 pm
  • Fri 8:00 am - 8:00 pm
  • Sat 8:00 am - 8:00 pm
  • Sun 8:00 am - 8:00 pm
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2022 Brookwood Medical Center Dr, Birmingham, AL 352092022 Brookwood Medical Center Dr
Open until 5:00 pm
  • Mon 9:00 am - 5:00 pm
  • Tue 9:00 am - 5:00 pm
  • Wed 9:00 am - 5:00 pm
  • Thu 9:00 am - 5:00 pm
  • Fri 9:00 am - 5:00 pm
  • Sat 9:00 am - 5:00 pm
  • Sun 9:00 am - 5:00 pm
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Flu Test in Alabama

A flu test can help you and your doctor determine if you have the flu and, if so, what treatment you'll need to reduce your symptoms and recover quickly. When you are suffering flu-like symptoms, you should get a flu test. Fever, chills, weakness, congestion, sore throat, cough, and muscle pains are all common flu symptoms. Other health disorders, such as COVID-19, can be ruled out with a flu test.

A flu test can be done using a swab or a nasal swab. Your healthcare professional uses a cotton swab to remove a sample of tissue and fluids from your nose during a swab test. A nasal test involves injecting a little amount of saline solution into your nose and then collecting the sample with gentle suction. Depending on whether you have a fast flu test or another test that requires your sample to be examined in a lab, results are available immediately or within one to two days.

If you are at risk of becoming seriously ill from the flu, a flu test may be required. Those who have a weaker immune system, are pregnant or hospitalized, are under the age of five, or are over the age of 65 are at a higher risk of serious sickness.

There is no need to prepare for a flu test, and there are no major risks or side effects. However, once your healthcare professional obtains the test sample, you may feel slight discomfort that lasts a few seconds. If your test results are positive, your doctor may prescribe drugs to help you manage your symptoms or work with you to choose the best treatment option. The flu usually passes in one to two weeks for the majority of people.

If you are at high risk of becoming extremely ill from the flu, your doctor may recommend that you obtain an annual flu vaccine. If you're at risk for the flu, talk to your doctor about how often you should get a flu test and when the best time is to receive the flu vaccine.

Flu Test FAQs

  • How much does a flu test cost in Alabama?

    Flu test kits range in price from $18 to $24.50, with an average cost of $20. A flu test, on the other hand, may cost more or less depending on a variety of factors such as provider rates, geographic area, and if your health insurance plan covers this treatment. The most accurate approach to find out how much a flu test costs is to call the testing company directly.

  • Does insurance cover flu testing?

    Many health insurance plans include flu testing, particularly if your doctor orders it because of your symptoms. To discover more about your benefits and flu testing coverage, contact your health insurance provider directly. Some flu testing companies will run a free insurance benefits check to see if your plan covers this test.

  • How long after exposure to flu will you test positive?

    The CDC recommends that you get tested for the flu within three to four days of becoming ill. It also warns that you can spread the flu to someone else even if you don't have any symptoms or before you start having them. Flu symptoms can occur one to four days after the virus has entered your body on average.

  • How do they test for the flu in Alabama?

    A swab test or a nasal aspirate can both be used to diagnose the flu. Your healthcare professional will use a swab to collect tissue and fluid samples from your nose or throat for the swab test. A saline solution is injected into your nose for the nasal aspirate test, and the sample is removed with mild suction. Your sample may be submitted to a lab for further examination, or test results may be available right away.

  • How long does it take to get flu test results in Alabama?

    Depending on the testing procedure employed, flu test results may come back right away or take several hours or days. The fast flu test normally produces results in 30 minutes, but results from flu tests sent to the lab usually take one to two days to arrive. The flu test provider will be able to provide you a more precise timeline for receiving your results.

  • What is a rapid flu test?

    In less than 30 minutes, a quick flu test can establish whether you have the flu. This test is quite useful because it provides immediate findings. This also allows you and your healthcare professional to talk about the various treatment options accessible to you. Other forms of flu testing must be sent to a lab and the findings must be received within a few days.

  • How accurate is the rapid flu test?

    The quick flu test has been demonstrated to yield significant rates of both false positives and false negatives, making it less accurate than other forms of flu testing. If you have a chance that your flu test findings are erroneous or imprecise, your doctor may elect to administer a different sort of flu test that requires lab assessment.

  • Where should I get a flu test in Alabama?

    A flu test can be done at your doctor's office, as well as at any pharmacy, drugstore, hospital, urgent care clinic, or other healthcare facility that provides this service. Solv's flu test directory is the simplest method to find out where you can obtain a flu test. Solv can offer you with a list of the top-rated flu test providers in your area, so you don't have to waste time looking for them on your own.

  • How accurate are flu tests?

    The fast flu test is the most often used flu test, although it is not as accurate as other flu tests because it is known to produce a significant number of false positives and false negatives. If you're concerned about the accuracy of flu test results, have your doctor or flu test provider conduct a non-rapid flu test that will be forwarded to a lab for analysis.

  • How can I book a flu test through Solv?

    Booking a flu test with a local clinician is simple and convenient with Solv. Type "flu test" or "influenza test" into the Search form on our homepage, then choose your area from the dropdown menu on the right. Solv will provide you a list of the best flu test providers in your area, with the opportunity to schedule an appointment or contact the provider for more information.

Sources

Solv has strict sourcing guidelines and relies on peer-reviewed studies, academic research institutions, and medical associations. We avoid using tertiary references.

  1. Annals of Family Medicine. A Cost-Benefit Analysis of Testing for Influenza A in High-Risk Adults.
    https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC1466630/
  2. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Influenza Signs and Symptoms and the Role of Laboratory Diagnostics.
    https://www.cdc.gov/flu/professionals/diagnosis/labrolesprocedures.htm
  3. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. How Flu Spreads.
    https://www.cdc.gov/flu/about/disease/spread.htm
  4. MedlinePlus. Flu (Influenza) Test.
    https://medlineplus.gov/lab-tests/flu-influenza-test/
  5. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Rapid Influenza Diagnostic Tests.
    https://www.cdc.gov/flu/professionals/diagnosis/clinician_guidance_ridt.htm
  6. U.S. Food and Drug Administration. Coronavirus (COVID-19) Update: FDA Authorizes First COVID-19 and Flu Combination Test for use with home-collected samples.
    https://www.fda.gov/news-events/press-announcements/coronavirus-covid-19-update-fda-authorizes-first-covid-19-and-flu-combination-test-use-home

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