Refer to Nasopharyngeal Swab Collection for Respiratory Virus Testing for proper collection.
Positive results on inpatients, including those from ED and subsequently admitted, will be called to ordering source.
FluMist vaccine can result in a false positive PCR for influenza for up to 21 days after administration.
Specimens should not be submitted for test of cure.
During peak respiratory virus season, test will be offered daily. During off-season test is performed less frequently, varying from 2-3 times per week.
This test was performed using a modification of an FDA approved method. The performance characteristics of this test were determined by the UWHC Clinical Laboratories and meet the standards for clinical testing.