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5067 S McCarran Blvd, Reno, NV 895025067 S McCarran Blvd
Open until 6:00 pm
  • Mon 8:00 am - 6:00 pm
  • Tue 8:00 am - 6:00 pm
  • Wed 8:00 am - 6:00 pm
  • Thu 8:00 am - 6:00 pm
  • Fri 8:00 am - 6:00 pm
  • Sat 8:00 am - 6:00 pm
  • Sun 8:00 am - 6:00 pm
4.77(115 reviews)
This clinic has shorter than average waiting periods

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Carbon Health, Reno, Smithridge Plaza - 5067 S McCarran Blvd
Reno carbon has become my new favorite place. I usually go to the sparks location. But I do not mind the drive to just be seen at the Reno location. Will continue to come here. Very beautiful and relaxing waiting area.

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5265 Vista Blvd, Sparks, NV 894365265 Vista Blvd
Open until 7:00 pm
  • Mon 8:00 am - 7:00 pm
  • Tue 8:00 am - 7:00 pm
  • Wed 8:00 am - 7:00 pm
  • Thu 8:00 am - 7:00 pm
  • Fri 8:00 am - 7:00 pm
  • Sat 9:00 am - 5:00 pm
  • Sun 9:00 am - 5:00 pm
4.74(3.5k reviews)
This clinic is rated highly in patient reviews and ratings

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Northern Nevada Urgent Care, Northern Nevada Urgent Care - Sparks - Vista - 5265 Vista Blvd
Made an appt late last night. Everyone was super friendly. They also showed care & concern. In & out quickly. Love the staff!💕
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4791 Summit Ridge Dr, Reno, NV 895234791 Summit Ridge Dr
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4.81(4.2k reviews)
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I was impressed with the whole experience. Staff, wait time, cleanliness, etc. I was particularly impressed with the physician assistant who was extremely thorough and followed up with me with my test results! Thank you Urgent Care at the Summit facility.
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6502 S McCarran Blvd, Reno, NV 895096502 S McCarran Blvd
Open 3:00 pm
  • Mon 6:30 am - 3:00 pm
  • Tue 6:30 am - 3:00 pm
  • Wed 6:30 am - 3:00 pm
  • Thu 6:30 am - 3:00 pm
  • Fri 6:30 am - 3:00 pm
  • SatClosed
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4.33(501 reviews)
Quest Diagnostics - 6502 S McCarran Blvd
I came in one day without an appoint and waited two hours as a walk-in before I had to leave without being tested. I made an appointment through Quest Lab Testing for the next day, showed up on time, got tested easily and was on my way in 15-20 minutes. Staff is friendly and helpful.
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197 Damonte Ranch Pkwy, Reno, NV 89521197 Damonte Ranch Pkwy
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4.81(7k reviews)
This clinic is rated highly in patient reviews and ratings

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We’re always pleased with the experience we have at Urgent care. The doctors and nurses are exceptionally caring and thoughtful
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343 Elm St, Reno, NV 89503343 Elm St
Open12:00 pm
  • Mon 7:00 am - 12:00 pm
  • Tue 7:00 am - 12:00 pm
  • Wed 7:00 am - 12:00 pm
  • Thu 7:00 am - 12:00 pm
  • Fri 7:00 am - 12:00 pm
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4.21(456 reviews)
Quest Diagnostics - 343 Elm St
Excellent customer service. Knowledgeably answered all questions. Appointment and billing were fast. Testing next day was on time and professional. Results available within 24 hours. Highly recommend.
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2874 N Carson St, Carson City, NV 897062874 N Carson St
Open12:00 pm
  • Mon 7:00 am - 12:00 pm
  • Tue 7:00 am - 12:00 pm
  • Wed 7:00 am - 12:00 pm
  • Thu 7:00 am - 12:00 pm
  • Fri 7:00 am - 12:00 pm
  • SatClosed
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4.23(443 reviews)
This clinic has shorter than average waiting periods

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This clinic is rated highly in patient reviews and ratings

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This clinic is rated highly in reviews for their friendly staff

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Quest Diagnostics - 2874 N Carson St
Great discreet service, scheduled my visit and paid for for the test online not in Showed up at lab, checked in and was seen within minutes. Blood and urine were collected, test results came back quickly within 2 days because I did my test on a Friday. Quick, easy and cheap. Didn't have to wait for a visit to my PCP, and then get referral to lab.
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2814 N Carson St, Carson City, NV 897062814 N Carson St
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4.82(1.6k reviews)
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Renown Urgent Care, Carson - 2814 N Carson St
Friendly and efficient staff and provider!
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975 Ryland St, Reno, NV 89502975 Ryland St
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4.74(7.1k reviews)
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It was a great experience love the people that worked there thank you so much
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1075 N Hills Blvd, Reno, NV 895061075 N Hills Blvd
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4.79(4.7k reviews)
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Unlike any other urgent care, I’ve been to! Everybody was kind and courteous, and truly showed me that they cared about me. Wait time was minimal and I will definitely continue using this location
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202 Los Altos Pkwy, Sparks, NV 89436202 Los Altos Pkwy
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4.71(6.3k reviews)
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I had a pos+ home Covid test about 7 days before I came in. I could not stop coughing. There was not a lot of people in the waiting room, I was called in a very short time. Dr was very good. Very attentive and accomodating.
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910 Vista Blvd, Sparks, NV 89434910 Vista Blvd
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4.76(6k reviews)
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I had a very pleasant experience. My wait time was minimal.Provider and staff were very friendly.
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10956 Donner Pass Rd, Truckee, CA 9616110956 Donner Pass Rd
Open until 6:00 pm
  • Mon 9:00 am - 6:00 pm
  • Tue 9:00 am - 6:00 pm
  • Wed 9:00 am - 6:00 pm
  • Thu 9:00 am - 6:00 pm
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  • Sat 9:00 am - 6:00 pm
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2.5(30 reviews)
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925 N Lake Blvd, Tahoe City, CA 96145925 N Lake Blvd
Open until 6:00 pm
  • Mon 9:00 am - 6:00 pm
  • Tue 9:00 am - 6:00 pm
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3.0(9 reviews)
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889 Alder Ave, Incline Village, NV 89451889 Alder Ave
Open until 3:30 pm
  • Mon10:00 am - 3:30 pm
  • Tue10:00 am - 3:30 pm
  • Wed10:00 am - 3:30 pm
  • Thu10:00 am - 3:30 pm
  • Fri10:00 am - 3:30 pm
  • SatClosed
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926 Incline Way, Incline Village, NV 89451926 Incline Way
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995 Tahoe Blvd, Incline Village, NV 89451995 Tahoe Blvd
Open until 5:30 pm
  • Mon 7:00 am - 5:30 pm
  • Tue 7:00 am - 5:30 pm
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  • Thu 7:00 am - 5:30 pm
  • Fri 7:00 am - 5:30 pm
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6225 Sharlands Ave, Reno, NV 895236225 Sharlands Ave
2.12(8 reviews)
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6255 Sharlands Ave., Reno, NV 895236255 Sharlands Ave.
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 9:00 am - 5:00 pm
  • Sun 9:00 am - 5:00 pm
2.54(62 reviews)
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Saint Marys Medical Group Urgent Care - 6255 Sharlands Ave., Reno
This was the best and most thorough urgent care visit I have ever experienced!!! A+. I think the doctor’s name was Paul! I don’t remember waiting more then 15 mins. I walked in, no appointment. Everyone was delightful. Insurance covered everything.
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1695 Robb Dr, Reno, NV 895231695 Robb Dr
Open until 7:30 pm
  • Mon 8:30 am - 7:30 pm
  • Tue 8:30 am - 7:30 pm
  • Wed 8:30 am - 7:30 pm
  • Thu 8:30 am - 7:30 pm
  • Fri 8:30 am - 7:30 pm
  • Sat 9:00 am - 5:00 pm
  • Sun 9:00 am - 5:00 pm
4.0(1 reviews)
MinuteClinic® at CVS®, Robb Dr, Reno - 1695 Robb Dr, Reno
It’s been 14 days and I still do NOT have my Covid-19 test results. This is unacceptable. With that said, the staff were awesome at this clinic and if not for continuing to wait for test results I would use this clinic again.

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18653 Wedge Pkwy, Reno, NV 8951118653 Wedge Pkwy
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 9:00 am - 5:00 pm
2.46(38 reviews)
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699 Sierra Rose Dr, Reno, NV 89511699 Sierra Rose Dr
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
  • SatClosed
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630 Sierra Rose Dr, Reno, NV 89509630 Sierra Rose Dr
Open until 4:00 pm
  • Mon 7:00 am - 4:00 pm
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  • Fri 7:00 am - 4:00 pm
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1475 Medical Pkwy, Carson City, NV 897031475 Medical Pkwy
Labcorp - 1475 Medical Pkwy
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601 Sierra Rose Dr, Reno, NV 89511601 Sierra Rose Dr
Open until 4:00 pm
  • Mon 6:30 am - 4:00 pm
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  • Thu 6:30 am - 4:00 pm
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Labcorp - 601 Sierra Rose Dr
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1600 Medical Pkwy, Carson City, NV 897031600 Medical Pkwy
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4855 Kietzke Ln, Reno, NV 895094855 Kietzke Ln
Open until 9:00 pm
  • Mon 9:00 am - 9:00 pm
  • Tue 9:00 am - 9:00 pm
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  • Fri 9:00 am - 9:00 pm
  • Sat 9:00 am - 7:00 pm
  • Sun10:00 am - 6:00 pm
Walmart Pharmacy, Supercenter - 4855 Kietzke Ln, Reno
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7111 S Virginia St, Reno, NV 895117111 S Virginia St
Open until 3:00 pm
  • Mon 7:00 am - 3:00 pm
  • Tue 7:00 am - 3:00 pm
  • Wed 7:00 am - 3:00 pm
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  • Fri 7:00 am - 3:00 pm
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Labcorp - 7111 S Virginia St
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8040 S Virginia St, Reno, NV 895118040 S Virginia St
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6410 S Virginia St, Reno, NV 895116410 S Virginia St
Open until 5:00 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 - 5:00 pm
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1.0(2 reviews)
Concentra Urgent Care, Reno South - 6410 S Virginia St, Reno
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15 McCabe Drive, Reno, NV 8951115 McCabe Drive
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25 McCabe Drive, Reno, NV 8951125 McCabe Drive
Open until 4:00 pm
  • Mon 6:00 am - 4:00 pm
  • Tue 6:00 am - 4:00 pm
  • Wed 6:00 am - 4:00 pm
  • Thu 6:00 am - 4:00 pm
  • Fri 6:00 am - 4:00 pm
  • Sat 7:00 am - 12:00 pm
  • SunClosed
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4932 S Virginia St, Reno, NV 895024932 S Virginia St
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13945 S Virginia St, Reno, NV 8951113945 S Virginia St
Open until 4:00 pm
  • Mon 6:00 am - 4:00 pm
  • Tue 6:00 am - 4:00 pm
  • Wed 6:00 am - 4:00 pm
  • Thu 6:00 am - 4:00 pm
  • Fri 6:00 am - 4:00 pm
  • Sat 7:00 am - 12:00 pm
  • SunClosed
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55 Damonte Ranch Pkwy, Reno, NV 8952155 Damonte Ranch Pkwy
Open until 7:30 pm
  • Mon 8:30 am - 7:30 pm
  • Tue 8:30 am - 7:30 pm
  • Wed 8:30 am - 7:30 pm
  • Thu 8:30 am - 7:30 pm
  • Fri 8:30 am - 7:30 pm
  • Sat 9:00 am - 5:00 pm
  • Sun 9:00 am - 5:00 pm
MinuteClinic® at CVS®, Damonte Ranch Pkwy, Reno - 55 Damonte Ranch Pkwy, Reno

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601 Ralston St, Reno, NV 89503601 Ralston St
Open until 3:00 pm
  • Mon 7:00 am - 3:00 pm
  • Tue 7:00 am - 3:00 pm
  • Wed 7:00 am - 3:00 pm
  • Thu 7:00 am - 3:00 pm
  • Fri 7:00 am - 3:00 pm
  • SatClosed
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Labcorp - 601 Ralston St
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350 W 6th St, Reno, NV 89503350 W 6th St
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
  • SatClosed
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3.91(32 reviews)
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235 W 6th St, Reno, NV 89503235 W 6th St
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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411 E Taylor St, Reno, NV 89502411 E Taylor St
Open until 5:30 pm
  • Mon 9:00 am - 5:30 pm
  • Tue 9:00 am - 5:30 pm
  • Wed 9:00 am - 5:30 pm
  • Thu 9:00 am - 5:30 pm
  • Fri 9:00 am - 5:30 pm
  • SatClosed
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4.41(29 reviews)
This clinic has shorter than average waiting periods

Short Wait Time

The staff is very caring and compassionate. We need more clinics like family quick care. They are truly an asset to out community. Without them so many people would be in serious trouble. The are extremely reasonable priced. They don’t take Insurance so I’m never surprised by some doctor bill months down the road. They charge $100 to $120 it might be higher depending on the service you need. I have a choice to go anywhere but I always chose family quick care because the are caring compassionate and understanding. I never feel judged or embarrassed when I am seen. Their compassion and empathy is world class!
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775 Fleischmann Way, Carson City, NV 89703775 Fleischmann Way
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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180 E Winnie Ln, Carson City, NV 89706180 E Winnie Ln
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850 Mill St, Reno, NV 89502850 Mill St
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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604 W Washington St, Carson City, NV 89703604 W Washington St
Open until 3:00 pm
  • Mon 7:00 am - 3:00 pm
  • Tue 7:00 am - 3:00 pm
  • Wed 7:00 am - 3:00 pm
  • Thu 7:00 am - 3:00 pm
  • Fri 7:00 am - 3:00 pm
  • SatClosed
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Labcorp - 604 W Washington St
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890 Mill St, Reno, NV 89502890 Mill St
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3987 S McCarran Blvd, Reno, NV 895023987 S McCarran Blvd
Open until 3:30 pm
  • Mon 7:00 am - 3:30 pm
  • Tue 7:00 am - 3:30 pm
  • Wed 7:00 am - 3:30 pm
  • Thu 7:00 am - 3:30 pm
  • Fri 7:00 am - 3:30 pm
  • Sat 8:00 am - 11:00 am
  • SunClosed
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3200 Market St, Carson City, NV 897063200 Market St
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 - 7:00 pm
  • Sun11:00 am - 5:00 pm
1.5(2 reviews)
Walmart Pharmacy, Supercenter - 3200 Market St, Carson City
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1530 E 6th St, Reno, NV 895121530 E 6th St
Concentra Urgent Care - 1530 E 6th St, Reno
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3488 Goni Rd, Carson City, NV 897063488 Goni Rd
Open until 5:00 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 - 5:00 pm
  • SatClosed
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Concentra Urgent Care, Carson City - 3488 Goni Rd, Carson City
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1201 S Carson St, Carson City, NV 897011201 S Carson St
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
3.22(9 reviews)
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2300 S Carson St, Carson City, NV 897012300 S Carson St
Open until 4:30 pm
  • Mon 8:00 am - 4:30 pm
  • Tue 8:00 am - 4:30 pm
  • Wed 8:00 am - 4:30 pm
  • Thu 8:00 am - 4:30 pm
  • Fri 8:00 am - 4:30 pm
  • SatClosed
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Flu Test FAQs

  • How much does a flu test cost in Truckee?

    The cost of flu test kits ranges from $18 to $24.50, with an average of $20. A flu test, on the other hand, can cost more or less based on a number of factors, including provider rates, geographic location, and whether or not your health insurance plan covers this treatment. Calling the testing firm directly is the most accurate way to find out how much a flu test costs.

  • Does insurance cover flu testing?

    Flu testing is covered by many health insurance policies, especially if your doctor requests it because of your symptoms. Contact your health insurance provider directly to learn more about your benefits and flu testing coverage. Some flu testing firms will verify your insurance benefits for free to see if this test is covered by your plan.

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

    You should get tested for the flu within three to four days of becoming ill, according to the CDC. It also warns that even if you don't have any symptoms or aren't yet experiencing them, you can spread the virus to others. On average, flu symptoms appear one to four days after the virus has entered your body.

  • How do they test for the flu in Truckee?

    The flu can be diagnosed using a swab test or a nasal aspirate. For the swab test, your healthcare provider will take tissue and fluid samples from your nose or throat with a swab. For the nasal aspirate test, a saline solution is injected into your nose, and the sample is extracted with mild suction. Your sample may be sent to a lab for analysis, or test results may be available immediately.

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

    Flu test results may come back straight away or take many hours or days, depending on the testing procedure used. The rapid flu test delivers results in 30 minutes on average, whereas results from flu tests sent to the lab take one to two days to arrive. The flu test provider will be able to provide you a more accurate time frame for receiving your findings.

  • What is a rapid flu test?

    A fast flu test can determine whether you have the flu in less than 30 minutes. This test is quite handy because the results are available right away. This also gives you and your healthcare provider the opportunity to discuss the numerous treatment options available to you. Other types of flu testing must be sent to a lab, with results arriving within a few days.

  • How accurate is the rapid flu test?

    The rapid flu test has been shown to have a higher percentage of false positives and false negatives than other types of flu testing, making it less accurate. If your flu test results are likely to be inaccurate or imprecise, your doctor may choose to perform a different type of flu test that requires lab analysis.

  • Where should I get a flu test?

    A flu test is available in your doctor's office, as well as any pharmacy, drugstore, hospital, urgent care clinic, or other healthcare facility that offers it. The easiest way to find out where you can get a flu test is to use Solv's flu test directory. So you don't have to waste time looking for top-rated flu test providers in your neighborhood, Solv can supply you with a list of them.

  • How accurate are flu tests?

    The rapid flu test is the most often used flu test, albeit it is not as accurate as other flu tests due to a high proportion of false positives and false negatives. If you're concerned about the accuracy of flu test results, request a non-rapid flu test from your doctor or flu test provider, which will be sent to a lab for analysis.

  • Can I do at-home flu testing?

    Some manufacturers sell at-home flu tests with results that can be viewed on your smartphone, though you may need a doctor's prescription to utilize this service. There is also an at-home test that can establish whether you have COVID-19 or the flu, but you'll need a doctor's prescription and the findings must be sent to a lab. Inquire with your doctor about the accuracy and accessibility of at-home flu testing.

What you need to know about Flu Testing in Truckee, CA

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.

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.
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