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10 Pope Ave, Hilton Head, SC 2992810 Pope Ave
Open until 6:30 pm
  • Mon 8:30 am - 6:30 pm
  • Tue 8:30 am - 6:30 pm
  • Wed 8:30 am - 6:30 pm
  • Thu 8:30 am - 6:30 pm
  • Fri 8:30 am - 6:30 pm
  • Sat 9:00 am - 5:30 pm
  • Sun 9:00 am - 4:30 pm
MinuteClinic® at CVS®, Pope Ave, Hilton Head Island - 10 Pope Ave, Hilton Head

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93 Main St, Hilton Head Island, SC 2992693 Main St
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 - 2:00 pm
  • Sun 9:00 am - 2:00 pm
4.55(11 reviews)
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Complete package for primary care!
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60 Main St, Hilton Head Island, SC 2992660 Main St
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 - 2:00 pm
  • SatClosed
  • SunClosed
Labcorp - 60 Main St
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58 Shelter Cove Ln, Hilton Head Island, SC 2992858 Shelter Cove Ln
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845 William Hilton Pkwy, Hilton Head Is., SC 29928845 William Hilton 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
3.9(20 reviews)
Doctors Care, Hilton Head - 845 William Hilton Pkwy, Hilton Head Is.
I appreciate Patricia Alston at the front desk as she helped me with the online check in and wAs profesdionsl and caring. The nurse and PA were very kind as well. I will feel better soon. D Pettee
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15 Moss Creek Village, Hilton Head Island, SC 2992615 Moss Creek Village
Open until 5:00 pm
  • Mon10:00 am - 5:00 pm
  • Tue10:00 am - 5:00 pm
  • Wed10:00 am - 5:00 pm
  • Thu10:00 am - 5:00 pm
  • Fri10:00 am - 4:00 pm
  • SatClosed
  • SunClosed
4.2(5 reviews)
This clinic has shorter than average waiting periods

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Went in on Halloween Day after playing PickleBall locally and feeling my left hip pop out of place. It really hurt and I couldn’t play any longer. Another player mentioned your facility in Moss Creek. I went there snd was seen fairly quickly, then X-rayed, met to discuss the findings, got a steroid shot to clam my inflammation and a referral for 12 weeks of Physical Therapy to strengthen my hip joint. They were quick, responsive to.my concerns and I would recommend them. Even at 9:30, I was the 2nd PickleBall case they had seen that morning’
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19 Moss Creek Dr, Hilton Head Island, SC 2992619 Moss Creek 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
3.0(4 reviews)
Cross Island offers a personal experience. The front office personnel, nurses and Dr. Dorsner are compassionate and caring. It's refreshing to be treated as a person and not just a patient.
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1010 William Hilton Pkwy, Hilton Head Island, SC 299281010 William Hilton Pkwy
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1 Burnt Church Rd, Bluffton, SC 299101 Burnt Church 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 8:00 am - 5:00 pm
  • Sun 1:00 pm - 5:00 pm
3.94(7 reviews)
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Beaufort Memorial Express Care and Occupational Health, Bluffton - 1 Burnt Church Rd, Bluffton
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1006 Fording Island Rd, Bluffton, SC 299101006 Fording Island Rd
Open until 6:30 pm
  • Mon 8:30 am - 6:30 pm
  • Tue 8:30 am - 6:30 pm
  • Wed 8:30 am - 6:30 pm
  • Thu 8:30 am - 6:30 pm
  • Fri 8:30 am - 6:30 pm
  • Sat 9:00 am - 5:30 pm
  • Sun 9:00 am - 4:30 pm
MinuteClinic® at CVS®, Fording Island Rd, Bluffton - 1006 Fording Island Rd

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64 Bluffton Rd, Bluffton, SC 2991064 Bluffton 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
2.2(15 reviews)
Doctors Care,  Bluffton - 64 Bluffton Rd, Bluffton
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25 Sherington Dr, Bluffton, SC 2991025 Sherington 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 - 2:00 pm
  • SatClosed
  • SunClosed
4.0(5 reviews)
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14 Oak Forest Rd, Bluffton, SC 2991014 Oak Forest Rd
4.0(3 reviews)
This clinic has shorter than average waiting periods

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visited on a sunday with 2 knife punctures in my hand that needed to be stitched. Let right in. Receptionist and assistant was excellent. Dr. Janik was professional, personable and fixed me up in no time with 7 stitches. She was tremendous as was the entire global urgent care experience in belfair, Frank Farese
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3 Progressive St, Bluffton, SC 299103 Progressive St
Open until 8:00 pm
  • Mon 9:00 am - 8:00 pm
  • Tue 9:00 am - 8:00 pm
  • Wed 9:00 am - 8:00 pm
  • Thu 9:00 am - 8:00 pm
  • Fri 9:00 am - 8:00 pm
  • Sat 9:00 am - 5:00 pm
  • Sun12:00 pm - 5:00 pm
3.39(9 reviews)
Dr. Carroll Fowlkes is so compassionate. I would never complain about the wait because my level of care was so worth it. Dr. Fowlkes diagnosed me with Pnuemonia and gave me such wonderful care. All of Sun City Loves this place.
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103 Buckwalter Pl Blvd, Bluffton, SC 29910103 Buckwalter Pl Blvd
2.55(11 reviews)
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40 Okatie Center Blvd S, Okatie, SC 2990940 Okatie Center Blvd S
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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1865 N Paris Ave, Port Royal, SC 299351865 N Paris Ave
Open until 4:30 pm
  • Mon 7:30 am - 4:30 pm
  • Tue 7:30 am - 4:30 pm
  • Wed 7:30 am - 4:30 pm
  • Thu 7:30 am - 4:30 pm
  • Fri 7:30 am - 4:30 pm
  • SatClosed
  • SunClosed
Labcorp - 1865 N Paris Ave
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1510 Ribaut Rd, Port Royal, SC 299351510 Ribaut 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
3.44(8 reviews)
Doctors Care, Beaufort - 1510 Ribaut Rd, Port Royal
went in Saturday with a bad chest cold, congestion and chronic cough. was seen in a timely manner even though they were very busy. less than 30 minutes. the receptionist was very nice and even offered me a bottle of water when I had a coughing fit. the doc was very thorough and answered all of my questions and prescribed the meds and offered me great advice on taking care of this crud. Thank you, Doctors Care!
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122 Riverwalk Blvd, Ridgeland, SC 29936122 Riverwalk Blvd
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182 Sea Island Pkwy, Beaufort, SC 29907182 Sea Island Pkwy
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 - 7:00 pm
  • Sun 9:00 am - 5:00 pm
2.43(7 reviews)
Lowcountry Urgent Care, Beaufort – Lady’s Island - 182 Sea Island Pkwy, Beaufort
I visited Low Country Urgent Care after a rash developed on my forehead. I received prompt attention and was prescribed medication that solved the problem. My experience was top notch, from a reasonably quick visit, easy payment and then a trip to the pharmacy. Problem solved! Thanks Low Country Urgent Care.
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4717 US-80, Savannah, GA 314104717 US-80
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
2.75(10 reviews)
This clinic has shorter than average waiting periods

Short Wait Time

Always great and friendly service!
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150 Johnny Mercer Blvd, Savannah, GA 31410150 Johnny Mercer Blvd
Open until 6:30 pm
  • Mon 8:30 am - 6:30 pm
  • Tue 8:30 am - 6:30 pm
  • Wed 8:30 am - 6:30 pm
  • Thu 8:30 am - 6:30 pm
  • Fri 8:30 am - 6:30 pm
  • Sat 9:00 am - 5:30 pm
  • Sun 9:00 am - 4:30 pm
MinuteClinic® at CVS®, Johnny Mercer Blvd, Savannah - 150 Johnny Mercer Blvd, Savannah

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101 Estus Dr, Savannah, GA 31404101 Estus Dr
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
  • SatClosed
  • SunClosed
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1322 E. Michigan Ave., Savannah, GA 314041322 E. Michigan Ave.
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2014 E Victory Dr, Savannah, GA 314042014 E Victory Dr
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630 Indian St, Savannah, GA 31401630 Indian St
Open until 5:00 pm
  • Mon 8:30 am - 5:00 pm
  • Tue 8:30 am - 5:00 pm
  • Wed 8:30 am - 5:00 pm
  • Thu 8:30 am - 5:00 pm
  • Fri 8:30 am - 5:00 pm
  • SatClosed
  • SunClosed
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4700 Waters Ave, Savannah, GA 314044700 Waters Ave
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5353 Reynolds St, Savannah, GA 314055353 Reynolds 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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109 Minus Ave, Garden City, GA 31408109 Minus Ave
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
Concentra Urgent Care, Savannah - 109 Minus Ave, Garden City
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5401 Abercorn St, Savannah, GA 314055401 Abercorn St
Open until 6:30 pm
  • Mon 8:30 am - 6:30 pm
  • Tue 8:30 am - 6:30 pm
  • Wed 8:30 am - 6:30 pm
  • Thu 8:30 am - 6:30 pm
  • Fri 8:30 am - 6:30 pm
  • Sat 9:00 am - 5:30 pm
  • Sun 9:00 am - 4:30 pm
MinuteClinic® at CVS®, Abercorn St, Savannah - 5401 Abercorn St, Savannah

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4704 Augusta Rd, Garden City, GA 314084704 Augusta Rd
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 - 4:00 pm
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4.0(10 reviews)
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310 Eisenhower Dr, Savannah, GA 31406310 Eisenhower Dr
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361 Commercial Dr, Savannah, GA 31406361 Commercial Dr
Open until 8:00 pm
  • Mon 9:00 am - 8:00 pm
  • Tue 9:00 am - 8:00 pm
  • Wed 9:00 am - 8:00 pm
  • Thu 9:00 am - 8:00 pm
  • Fri 9:00 am - 8:00 pm
  • Sat 9:00 am - 5:00 am
  • Sun12:00 pm - 5:00 pm
3.99(18 reviews)
I went in just before closing time to have a splint rewrapped. I was seen immediately and got a whole new splint which was much more comfortable than the one I had before. Great experience!
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318 Mall Blvd, Savannah, GA 31406318 Mall 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 8:00 am - 4:00 pm
  • Sun 8:00 am - 4:00 pm
4.78(991 reviews)
This clinic is rated highly in patient reviews and ratings

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ExperCARE, Savannah - 318 Mall Blvd
Very fast and friendly!
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107 Southern Blvd, Savannah, GA 31405107 Southern Blvd
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
Labcorp - 107 Southern Blvd
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10410 Abercorn St, Savannah, GA 3141910410 Abercorn St
Open until 6:30 pm
  • Mon 9:00 am - 6:30 pm
  • Tue 9:00 am - 6:30 pm
  • Wed 9:00 am - 6:30 pm
  • Thu 9:00 am - 6:30 pm
  • Fri 9:00 am - 6:30 pm
  • SatUnknown
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2.33(3 reviews)
Great service :)
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119 Chimney Rd, Rincon, GA 31326119 Chimney 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 9:00 am - 3:00 pm
  • Sun 9:00 am - 3:00 pm
3.89(6 reviews)
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10500 Abercorn St, Savannah, GA 3141910500 Abercorn 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
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  • Fri 8:00 am - 5:00 pm
  • SatClosed
  • SunClosed
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5621 GA-21, Rincon, GA 313265621 GA-21
Open until 8:00 pm
  • Mon 9:00 am - 8:00 pm
  • Tue 9:00 am - 8:00 pm
  • Wed 9:00 am - 8:00 pm
  • Thu 9:00 am - 8:00 pm
  • Fri 9:00 am - 8:00 pm
  • Sat 9:00 am - 5:00 pm
  • Sun12:00 pm - 5:00 pm
3.67(3 reviews)
I was in and out in under an hour. Hope and Aaron were excellent and really listened to me. I’ve gone to many urgent cares and this rated among the best.
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11705 Mercy Boulevard, Savannah, GA 3141911705 Mercy Boulevard
Open until 7:00 pm
  • Mon 5:00 pm - 7:00 pm
  • Tue 5:00 pm - 7:00 pm
  • Wed 5:00 pm - 7:00 pm
  • Thu 5:00 pm - 7:00 pm
  • Fri 5:00 pm - 7:00 pm
  • Sat 6:30 am - 3:00 pm
  • Sun 6:30 am - 3:00 pm
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1481 Dean Forest Rd, Savannah, GA 314051481 Dean Forest Rd
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14089 Abercorn St, Savannah, GA 3141914089 Abercorn St
Open until 8:00 pm
  • Mon 9:00 am - 8:00 pm
  • Tue 9:00 am - 8:00 pm
  • Wed 9:00 am - 8:00 pm
  • Thu 9:00 am - 8:00 pm
  • Fri 9:00 am - 8:00 pm
  • Sat 9:00 am - 8:00 pm
  • Sun 9:00 am - 8:00 pm
3.5(6 reviews)
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110 Medical Park Dr, Pooler, GA 31322110 Medical Park Dr
Open until 7:30 pm
  • Mon 7:30 am - 7:30 pm
  • Tue 7:30 am - 7:30 pm
  • Wed 7:30 am - 7:30 pm
  • Thu 7:30 am - 7:30 pm
  • Fri 7:30 am - 7:30 pm
  • Sat 8:30 am - 5:00 pm
  • Sun10:00 am - 4:00 pm
5.0(4 reviews)
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421 Pooler Pkwy, Suite 100, GA 31322421 Pooler Pkwy
Open until 8:00 pm
  • Mon 9:00 am - 8:00 pm
  • Tue 9:00 am - 8:00 pm
  • Wed 9:00 am - 8:00 pm
  • Thu 9:00 am - 8:00 pm
  • Fri 9:00 am - 8:00 pm
  • Sat 9:00 am - 1:00 pm
  • SunClosed
3.5(5 reviews)
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114 Canal St, Pooler, GA 31322114 Canal 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 - 1:00 pm
  • SatClosed
  • SunClosed
2.5(3 reviews)
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107 Canal St, Pooler, GA 31322107 Canal St
Open until 8:00 pm
  • Mon 9:00 am - 8:00 pm
  • Tue 9:00 am - 8:00 pm
  • Wed 9:00 am - 8:00 pm
  • Thu 9:00 am - 8:00 pm
  • Fri 9:00 am - 8:00 pm
  • Sat 9:00 am - 5:00 pm
  • Sun12:00 pm - 5:00 pm
1.31(8 reviews)
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Flu Test FAQs

  • How much does a flu test cost in Hilton Head Island?

    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 Hilton Head Island?

    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 Hilton Head Island?

    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 Hilton Head Island, SC

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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