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Influenza-Like Illness Testing and Treatment

To help our patients get in-person care for illnesses like influenza, COVID-19, and other acute upper respiratory symptoms, Lahey Hospital & Medical Center (LHMC) has opened an Influenza-Like Illness (ILI) clinic. The ILI clinic, staffed by our pulmonary specialists, offers urgent appointments that include both testing and treatment for influenza, COVID-19, and similar acute illnesses. For patients with mild to moderate symptoms, the ILI clinic is a better alternative than coming to the emergency room.

If you have any of the symptoms listed below, please contact your primary care physician and they will discuss scheduling you directly into the ILI clinic.

  • Fever (>100.4 deg F) or feeling feverish
  • Chills
  • Body aches
  • Sore throat
  • Cough (new or worsening)
  • Shortness of breath (new or worsening)
  • Diarrhea (new or worsening)
  • Loss of smell or taste

As a reminder, please contact your provider early on in your illness, as treatments may be less effective or unavailable later in the course of the illness.