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6400 Dutchmans Pkwy, Louisville, KY 402056400 Dutchmans Pkwy
Open 4:00 pm
  • Mon 7:00 am - 4:00 pm
  • Tue 7:00 am - 4:00 pm
  • Wed 7:00 am - 4:00 pm
  • Thu 7:00 am - 4:00 pm
  • Fri 7:00 am - 4:00 pm
  • SatClosed
  • SunClosed
4.25(464 reviews)
Quest Diagnostics - 6400 Dutchmans Pkwy
I would 100% recommend this company to anyone wanting to check their health status. The process was incredibly easy and done through certified labs. The results are frequently back by the next day.
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100 E Liberty St, Louisville, KY 40202100 E Liberty St
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
  • Sat10:00 am - 4:00 pm
  • SunClosed
3.4(5 reviews)
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815 W Market St, Louisville, KY 40202815 W Market 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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219 E Broadway, Louisville, KY 40202219 E Broadway
4.0(1 reviews)
I was seen quickly, Dr Haq explains everything.. Very informative
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530 S Jackson St, Louisville, KY 40202530 S Jackson St
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945 Wall St, Jeffersonville, IN 47130945 Wall St
Open until 6:00 pm
  • Mon10:00 am - 6:00 pm
  • Tue10:00 am - 6:00 pm
  • Wed10:00 am - 6:00 pm
  • Thu10:00 am - 6:00 pm
  • Fri10:00 am - 6:00 pm
  • SatClosed
  • SunClosed
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1002 Spring St, Jeffersonville, IN 471301002 Spring St
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 - 5:30 pm
  • Sun 9:00 am - 4:30 pm
MinuteClinic® at CVS®, Spring St, Jeffersonville - 1002 Spring St, Jeffersonville

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2746 Virginia Ave, Louisville, KY 402112746 Virginia Ave
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220 E Lewis and Clark Pkwy, Clarksville, IN 47129220 E Lewis and Clark Pkwy
Open until 7:00 pm
  • Mon 9:00 am - 7:00 pm
  • Tue 9:00 am - 7:00 pm
  • Wed 9:00 am - 7:00 pm
  • Thu 9:00 am - 7:00 pm
  • Fri 9:00 am - 7:00 pm
  • Sat 9:30 am - 5:00 pm
  • Sun 9:30 am - 4:30 pm
5.0(2 reviews)
This clinic has shorter than average waiting periods

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Walgreens - 220 E Lewis and Clark Pkwy, Clarksville
Made appointment and was seen right on time. Love that all records are shared with my Norton physician.
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2440 Bardstown Rd, Louisville, KY 402052440 Bardstown Rd
The Little Clinic at Kroger - 2440 Bardstown Rd, Louisville
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2470 Bardstown Rd, Louisville, KY 402052470 Bardstown Rd
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 - 9:00 pm
  • Sun 9:00 am - 9:00 pm
5.0(1 reviews)
This clinic has shorter than average waiting periods

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Due to a in home accident l was there today around noon. Kara Saling, nurse practitioner needs to be on "kids stitch list!" That beautiful caring lady said it may pinch.. l felt barely a prick and absolutely nothing until she finished putting stitches in my browline. Her kind, patient skills and amazing technique is one KIDS would love but we all are privileged to receive her expertise. I have been to this location several times. Always treated with great service and respect.
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2051 Clevidence Blvd, Clarksville, IN 471292051 Clevidence Blvd
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 - 9:00 pm
  • SunClosed
3.63(4 reviews)
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2916 Peach Blossom Dr, Jeffersonville, IN 471302916 Peach Blossom 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
  • SatClosed
  • SunClosed
2.94(8 reviews)
I have been going here for two years and love the nurse practitioner! She’s the best and I highly recommend her.
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2755 Charlestown Rd, New Albany, IN 471502755 Charlestown Rd
Open until 4:30 pm
  • Mon 7:00 am - 4:30 pm
  • Tue 7:00 am - 4:30 pm
  • Wed 7:00 am - 4:30 pm
  • Thu 7:00 am - 4:30 pm
  • Fri 7:00 am - 4:30 pm
  • SatClosed
  • SunClosed
Labcorp at Walgreens - 2755 Charlestown Rd
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3118 E 10th St, Jeffersonville, IN 471303118 E 10th St
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 - 9:00 pm
  • Sun 9:00 am - 9:00 pm
3.19(8 reviews)
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5201 S 3rd St, Louisville, KY 402145201 S 3rd St
Open until 7:00 pm
  • Mon 9:00 am - 7:00 pm
  • Tue 9:00 am - 7:00 pm
  • Wed 9:00 am - 7:00 pm
  • Thu 9:00 am - 7:00 pm
  • Fri 9:00 am - 7:00 pm
  • Sat 9:30 am - 5:00 pm
  • Sun 9:30 am - 5:00 pm
Walgreens - 5201 S 3rd St, Louisville
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4420 Dixie Hwy, Louisville, KY 402164420 Dixie Hwy
Open until 9:00 pm
  • Mon 7:00 am - 9:00 pm
  • Tue 7:00 am - 9:00 pm
  • Wed 7:00 am - 9:00 pm
  • Thu 7:00 am - 9:00 pm
  • Fri 7:00 am - 9:00 pm
  • Sat 7:00 am - 9:00 pm
  • Sun 7:00 am - 9:00 pm
2.17(6 reviews)
This clinic has shorter than average waiting periods

Short Wait Time

Pleasant, professional, efficient staff. Seen relatively fast in relation to the crowded waiting room. APRN S. Gurung was thorough and provided excellent treatment. Would definitely schedule again if needed.
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3211 Grant Line Rd, New Albany, IN 471503211 Grant Line 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
  • SunClosed
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2020 Bashford Manor Ln, Louisville, KY 402182020 Bashford Manor Ln
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 8:00 am - 6:00 pm
  • Sun10:15 am - 5:00 pm
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2021 Hikes Ln, Louisville, KY 402182021 Hikes Ln
Open until 7:30 pm
  • Mon 9:00 am - 7:30 pm
  • Tue 9:00 am - 7:30 pm
  • Wed 9:00 am - 7:30 pm
  • Thu 9:00 am - 7:30 pm
  • Fri 9:00 am - 7:30 pm
  • Sat 9:30 am - 5:00 pm
  • Sun 9:30 am - 5:00 pm
Walgreens - 2021 Hikes Ln, Louisville
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3605 Northgate Ct, New Albany, IN 471503605 Northgate Ct
Open until 8:00 pm
  • Mon 7:30 am - 8:00 pm
  • Tue 7:30 am - 8:00 pm
  • Wed 7:30 am - 8:00 pm
  • Thu 7:30 am - 8:00 pm
  • Fri 7:30 am - 8:00 pm
  • Sat 9:00 am - 5:00 pm
  • SunClosed
2.0(4 reviews)
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4240 Shelbyville Rd, Louisville, KY 402074240 Shelbyville Rd
Open until 7:00 pm
  • Mon 9:00 am - 7:00 pm
  • Tue 9:00 am - 7:00 pm
  • Wed 9:00 am - 7:00 pm
  • Thu 9:00 am - 7:00 pm
  • Fri 9:00 am - 7:00 pm
  • Sat 9:30 am - 5:00 pm
  • Sun 9:30 am - 5:00 pm
Walgreens - 4240 Shelbyville Rd, Louisville
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3901 Dutchmans Ln, Louisville, KY 402073901 Dutchmans Ln
Open until 4:00 pm
  • Mon 7:00 am - 4:00 pm
  • Tue 7:00 am - 4:00 pm
  • Wed 7:00 am - 4:00 pm
  • Thu 7:00 am - 4:00 pm
  • Fri 7:00 am - 4:00 pm
  • Sat 8:00 am - 12:00 pm
  • SunClosed
Labcorp - 3901 Dutchmans Ln
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4001 Dutchmans Ln, Louisville, KY 402074001 Dutchmans Ln
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5100 Dixie Hwy, Louisville, KY 402165100 Dixie Hwy
Open until 7:30 pm
  • Mon 8:00 am - 7:30 pm
  • Tue 8:00 am - 7:30 pm
  • Wed 8:00 am - 7:30 pm
  • Thu 8:00 am - 7:30 pm
  • Fri 8:00 am - 7:30 pm
  • Sat 9:30 am - 5:00 pm
  • Sun 9:30 am - 5:00 pm
Walgreens - 5100 Dixie Hwy, Louisville
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4600 Shelbyville Rd, Louisville, KY 402074600 Shelbyville Rd
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 9:00 am - 2:00 pm
  • SunClosed
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4010 Dupont Cir, Louisville, KY 402074010 Dupont Cir
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5129 Dixie Hwy, Louisville, KY 402165129 Dixie Hwy
Open until 9:00 pm
  • Mon 6:00 pm - 9:00 pm
  • Tue 6:00 pm - 9:00 pm
  • Wed 6:00 pm - 9:00 pm
  • Thu 6:00 pm - 9:00 pm
  • Fri 6:00 pm - 9:00 pm
  • Sat12:00 pm - 6:00 pm
  • SunClosed
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2232 Holiday Manor Center, Louisville, KY 402222232 Holiday Manor Center
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
4.63(4 reviews)
This clinic has shorter than average waiting periods

Short Wait Time

I have had excellent, thorough, professional care at the Northfield urgent care facility. Office staff is always kind and helpful. The two doctors there are wonderful. Highly recommend this facility.
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2219 Holiday Manor Center, Louisville, KY 402222219 Holiday Manor Center
The Little Clinic at Kroger - 2219 Holiday Manor Center, Louisville
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3605 Fern Valley Rd, Louisville, KY 402193605 Fern Valley Rd
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
2.33(3 reviews)
Sarah Daniel, NP, was outstanding, along with the rest of the staff. Couldn’t have asked for a better experience. Thank you!
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2311 Lime Kiln Ln, Louisville, KY 402222311 Lime Kiln Ln
Open until 7:00 pm
  • Mon 9:00 am - 7:00 pm
  • Tue 9:00 am - 7:00 pm
  • Wed 9:00 am - 7:00 pm
  • Thu 9:00 am - 7:00 pm
  • Fri 9:00 am - 7:00 pm
  • Sat 9:00 am - 5:30 pm
  • Sun 9:00 am - 4:30 pm
MinuteClinic® at CVS®, Lime Kiln Lane, Louisville - 2311 Lime Kiln Ln, Louisville

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2327 Lime Kiln Ln, Louisville, KY 402222327 Lime Kiln Ln
Open until 8:00 pm
  • Mon10:00 am - 8:00 pm
  • Tue10:00 am - 8:00 pm
  • Wed10:00 am - 8:00 pm
  • Thu10:00 am - 8:00 pm
  • Fri10:00 am - 8:00 pm
  • Sat10:00 am - 8:00 pm
  • SunClosed
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3039 Breckenridge Ln, Louisville, KY 402203039 Breckenridge Ln
1.0(2 reviews)
This clinic has shorter than average waiting periods

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The Little Clinic at Kroger - 3039 Breckenridge Ln, Louisville
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5533 New Cut Rd, Louisville, KY 402145533 New Cut Rd
The Little Clinic at Kroger - 5533 New Cut Rd, Louisville
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6500 Six Mile Ln, Louisville, KY 402186500 Six Mile Ln
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5130 Charlestown Rd, New Albany, IN 471505130 Charlestown Rd
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
3.5(2 reviews)
Baptist Health Urgent Care, Charlestown Road - 5130 Charlestown Rd, New Albany
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1321 Herr Ln, Louisville, KY 402221321 Herr Ln
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 - 9:00 pm
  • SunClosed
2.55(11 reviews)
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4423 Bardstown Rd, Louisville, KY 402184423 Bardstown Rd
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175 Outer Loop, Louisville, KY 40214175 Outer Loop
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 8:00 am - 6:00 pm
  • Sun10:15 am - 5:00 pm
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800 Highlander Point Dr, Floyds Knobs, IN 47119800 Highlander Point 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
  • Sat 9:00 am - 5:00 pm
  • Sun 9:00 am - 5:00 pm
Baptist Health Urgent Care, Highlander Point - 800 Highlander Point Dr, Floyds Knobs
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7926 Preston Hwy, Okolona, KY 402197926 Preston Hwy
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 - 9:00 pm
  • Sun 9:00 am - 9:00 pm
2.33(3 reviews)
Dr. Karen Waters was great, very nice and helpful. Quick action on her part helped with my condition. Thanks, Dr Karen Waters.
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2360 Stony Brook Dr, Louisville, KY 402202360 Stony Brook Dr
Open until 7:30 pm
  • Mon 8:00 am - 7:30 pm
  • Tue 8:00 am - 7:30 pm
  • Wed 8:00 am - 7:30 pm
  • Thu 8:00 am - 7:30 pm
  • Fri 8:00 am - 7:30 pm
  • Sat 9:30 am - 5:00 pm
  • Sun 9:30 am - 5:00 pm
Walgreens - 2360 Stony Brook Dr, Louisville
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5100 Outer Loop, Louisville, KY 402195100 Outer Loop
Open until 9:00 pm
  • Mon 6:00 pm - 9:00 pm
  • Tue 6:00 pm - 9:00 pm
  • Wed 6:00 pm - 9:00 pm
  • Thu 6:00 pm - 9:00 pm
  • Fri 6:00 pm - 9:00 pm
  • Sat 8:00 am - 6:00 pm
  • SunUnknown
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9080 Taylorsville Rd, Louisville, KY 402999080 Taylorsville Rd
5.0(1 reviews)
This clinic has shorter than average waiting periods

Short Wait Time

The Little Clinic at Kroger - 9080 Taylorsville Rd, Louisville
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7092 Distribution Dr, Louisville, KY 402587092 Distribution Dr
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 - 4:00 pm
  • SatClosed
  • SunClosed
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9440 Brownsboro Rd, Louisville, KY 402419440 Brownsboro Rd
The Little Clinic at Kroger - 9440 Brownsboro Rd, Louisville
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10490 Shelbyville Rd, Louisville, KY 4022310490 Shelbyville Rd
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 9:00 am - 5:30 pm
  • Sun 9:00 am - 4:30 pm
MinuteClinic® at CVS®, Shelbyville Rd, Louisville - 10490 Shelbyville Rd, Louisville

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3215 Westport Green Pl, Louisville, KY 402413215 Westport Green Pl
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
5.0(2 reviews)
This clinic is rated highly in patient reviews and ratings

Highly Rated

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9880 Angies Way, Louisville, KY 402419880 Angies Way
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 - 9:00 pm
  • Sun 9:00 am - 9:00 pm
1.83(6 reviews)
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Flu Test FAQs

  • How much does a flu test cost in Louisville?

    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 Louisville?

    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 Louisville?

    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 Louisville, KY

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.
    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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