Other tests called rapid molecular assays can also take 15 to 20 minutes to complete and they detect the actual genetic material of the flu virus, according to the CDC.
The Marion County Public Health Department offers low-priced flu vaccine at its district health offices.
IH is preparing to release a public service announcement, encouraging the public to get vaccinated. In fact, he recommends you do it now.
Dr. Siiri Bennett, state epidemiologist at the Maine CDC, said that flu season is unpredictable, and can peak at any time.
Across the country, the flu is considered to be widespread in two dozen states, including North Carolina.
Generally, once positivity rates start rising, they keep rising until flu season begins to taper off in the spring. Maine has had three flu deaths so far this season, the Maine Center for Disease Control and Prevention reported.
This is the latest Clark County has crossed the 10 percent threshold since 2016. So far 97 percent of the positive tests have been for influenza Type A, which causes more serious complications and symptoms than influenza B, Melnick said. Complications associated with the virus can lead to hospitalization or death, especially for seniors, young children and people with compromised immune systems, Hafiz said.
The flu is mainly affecting children and the over 65s, said HSE public health specialist Dr Kevin Kelleher.
"We're really just now getting into our flu season", said Dr. Michelle Murti of Public Health Ontario, noting that the proportion of tests on people with respiratory bugs that came back positive for influenza had doubled to 16 per cent in the week ending December 29, compared to eight per cent the week before.