Keywords/Mnemonics: flu a/b
Submit only 1 of the following specimens: Nasal washes, nasal swabs, throat swab
Specimen should be labeled with patient information, collection site, date and time of collection.
Negative for Influenza A antigen
Negative for Influenza B antigen
The clinical performance of rapid influenza tests can be affected by disease prevalence in the community and the specific subtype of the influenza virus. This test cannot distinguish influenza infections caused by novel influenza A viruses (H1N1) versus seasonal influenza A viruses. Negative results do not rule out influenza virus infection.
Calcium alginate swabs should not be used.
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