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Cermak Immediate Care offers rapid and reliable testing for both influenza (flu) and streptococcal pharyngitis (strep throat) at our locations in Chicago, Cicero, and Roseland. Understanding these common infections and the importance of prompt testing can significantly impact treatment outcomes and help prevent the spread of these contagious diseases.

Understanding Influenza and Strep Throat

Influenza (Flu):

Influenza is a respiratory illness caused by flu viruses. It can cause mild to severe illness and at times can lead to hospitalization or death. Typical symptoms include fever, cough, sore throat, runny or stuffy nose, muscle or body aches, headaches, and fatigue. The flu is highly contagious and can spread rapidly from person to person.

Streptococcal Pharyngitis (Strep Throat):

Strep throat is a bacterial infection that affects the throat and tonsils. It is caused by group A Streptococcus bacteria and is characterized by severe throat pain, pain when swallowing, fever, swollen lymph nodes in the neck, and white patches on the tonsils. Like the flu, strep throat is highly contagious and requires prompt treatment to alleviate symptoms and prevent complications.

The Importance of Prompt Testing for Flu/Strep

Early and accurate diagnosis of both flu and strep throat is crucial for several reasons:

  • Effective Treatment: Early detection allows for the timely administration of antiviral drugs for the flu and antibiotics for strep throat, which can reduce the duration and severity of the illness.
  • Preventing Spread: Both conditions are highly contagious. Identifying and treating them early can help prevent the spread to family, friends, and the broader community.
  • Avoiding Complications: Especially with strep throat, untreated infections can lead to more serious conditions like rheumatic fever or kidney inflammation.

Quick and Easy Diagnostics in Chicago

At Cermak Immediate Care, we utilize rapid tests for both flu and strep to provide results quickly—often within minutes. This rapid turnaround allows our medical team to start treatment immediately, improving outcomes and patient comfort.

On-site Flu & Strep Testing Process:

Upon arrival at one of our clinics, patients exhibiting symptoms of either condition will be assessed by our healthcare professionals. If flu or strep is suspected:

  • Flu Test: A swab is taken from the inside of the nose or back of the throat.
  • Strep Test: A throat swab is performed to collect a sample from the back of the throat and tonsils.

The samples are tested on-site, and results are available quickly to determine the presence of influenza or strep bacteria.

Visit Cermak Immediate Care for Rapid Flu and Strep Testing

If you are experiencing symptoms of either the flu or strep throat, do not wait to seek medical attention. Visit Cermak Immediate Care at any of our Chicago, Cicero, or Roseland locations for quick and accurate testing. Our clinics are equipped to handle your healthcare needs efficiently, ensuring you receive the best possible care with minimal waiting time. Early detection and treatment are key to recovery and help in keeping your community safe.

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Convenient Locations and Accessibility

Located near major expressways and well-connected by public transport, our clinics in Cicero, Chicago, Roseland, Hoffman Estates, and Rolling Meadows are easily accessible. We cater to the needs of our community by offering flexible visiting hours, including walk-in options and the ability to schedule appointments online or by phone. This ensures that you can receive care when it suits you best.


Cermak Immediate Care

5741 W Cermak Rd
Cicero IL 60804


Cermak Immediate Care

2408 W Cermak Rd
Chicago IL 60608


Cermak Immediate Care

134 W 111th St Floor 2
Chicago IL 60628

Hoffman Estates

Rapid Immediate Care

925 N Roselle Rd
Hoffman Estates IL 60169

Rolling Meadows

NewMed Immediate Care

1669 W. Algonquin Rd
Rolling Meadows IL 60008