Getting tested and treated for the flu and strep throat became much easier today in Omaha. It’s now as convenient as a trip to the grocery store.

Hy-Vee and the UNMC have teamed up to become one of the first pharmacies in the U.S. to offer customers a rapid-diagnostic influenza or strep test.

Hy-Vee stores in Omaha and Papillion are among 60 sites throughout three states that will have pharmacists trained to administer these tests, the results of which are available shortly after the test is given.

In addition to the testing, pharmacists also will be able to fill prescriptions to treat identified illnesses, if needed, under strict protocol set by prescribing physicians.

The tests are part of a research study conducted by UNMC and Ferris State and are available to Hy-Vee customers who quality for the program.

Participants must be at least 19 years of age and exhibit symptoms consistent with influenza or strep.