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Is COVID, a cold or the flu? Expanded testing will help you sort out your symptoms

Coughs, sniffles and sneezing are commonplace this time of year, yet these symptoms now put people on alert due to the COVID pandemic. If you are sick and symptomatic, come see us. 

We have expanded the testing available at our COVID clinics so you can get to the bottom of what’s making you feel crummy. Our team will test for flu and COVID in one simple swab, and can even test for strep throat or mononucleosis (aka “mono”) if appropriate. 

Our COVID, cold and flu clinics are essentially a one-stop shop for cold and flu season. We will do more than just test, treat, and vaccinate you for COVID. We will find out if you have an ear infection, strep throat or another common illness, and then treat you for those, so you can get on the mend sooner. Ruling out flu, COVID and other illnesses in one visit will also save you time. 

Patients who are symptomatic will now benefit from having their ears, nose, throat and lungs checked during their visit. The evaluation will allow providers to determine what testing, in addition to a COVID swab, is necessary. Well patients who simply need a COVID test for work or travel can expect the same speedy testing services they’ve come to expect from Innovative Care over the past 20 months. 

Innovative Care has two dedicated COVID, cold and flu clinics. The Lincoln Park clinic is located at 1111 W. Diversey Parkway and includes a convenient testing drive-thru. The Downers Grove clinic is located at 136 Ogden Avenue near Trader Joe’s. 

Innovative Express Care, the medical group’s urgent care, is also open seven days a week for illnesses, injuries and testing. All locations accept walk-in appointments, or patients can schedule online in advance of their visit.