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Test ID: FLUAB    
Influenza Virus Type A and Type B, Molecular Detection, PCR

Specimen Type Describes the specimen type needed for testing


Specimen Required Defines the optimal specimen. This field describes the type of specimen required to perform the test and the preferred volume to complete testing. The volume allows automated processing, fastest throughput and, when indicated, repeat or reflex testing.

Forms: If not ordering electronically, submit a Microbiology Request Form (Supply T244) with the specimen.


Specimen source is required.


Submit only 1 of the following specimens:


Specimen Type: Aspirate or washing

Sources: Nasal or nasopharyngeal

Container/Tube: Sterile container

Specimen Volume: 0.5 mL


Specimen Type: Swab

Sources: Nasopharyngeal or throat


Preferred: Nasopharyngeal swab collected using BBL CultureSwab (T515)

Acceptable: Throat swab collected using BBL CultureSwab (T092) or Dacron-tipped swab (T507) placed in M5 media

Specimen Volume: Swab


Specimen Type: Respiratory

Sources: Bronchial washing or bronchoalveolar lavage

Container/Tube: Sterile container

Specimen Volume: 0.5 mL

Specimen Minimum Volume Defines the amount of specimen required to perform an assay once, including instrument and container dead space. Submitting the minimum specimen volume makes it impossible to repeat the test or perform confirmatory or perform reflex testing. In some situations, a minimum specimen volume may result in a QNS (quantity not sufficient) result, requiring a second specimen to be collected.

Bronchial washing, bronchoalveolar lavage, or nasal or nasopharyngeal aspirate or washing: 0.3 mL

Reject Due To Identifies specimen types and conditions that may cause the specimen to be rejected








Calcium alginate-tipped swab, wood swab, or transport swab containing gel



Specimen Stability Information Provides a description of the temperatures required to transport a specimen to the laboratory. Alternate acceptable temperature(s) are also included.

Specimen TypeTemperatureTime
VariesRefrigerated7 days