Clinical Description & Lab Diagnosis of Influenza
Guidance and Procedures
- Influenza Signs and Symptoms and the Role of Laboratory Diagnostics
- Influenza Virus Testing Methods
- Guide for considering influenza testing when influenza viruses are circulating in the community
- Algorithm to assist in the interpretation of influenza testing results and clinical decision-making during periods when influenza viruses are circulating in the community
- Algorithm to assist in the interpretation of influenza testing results and clinical decision-making during periods when influenza viruses are NOT circulating in the community
- Influenza virus testing in investigational outbreaks in institutional or other closed settings
- Rapid Influenza Diagnostic Tests
- Guidance for Clinicians on the Use of RT-PCR and Other Molecular Assays for Diagnosis of Influenza Virus Infection
- Rapid Diagnostic Testing for Influenza: Information for Health Care Professionals
Information for Laboratory Directors and Staff
Continuing Education and Resources
- Continuing Education course by CDC and the Joint Commission: "Strategies for Improving Rapid Influenza Testing in Ambulatory Settings." This course is intended for physicians, physician assistants, registered nurses in ambulatory settings and medical office staff that collect respiratory specimens or perform rapid influenza diagnostic testing. Four 30-minute topic-specific modules are available that offer .5 CE credits each.
- The Joint Commission presents instructional videos on specimen collection for health care personnel, including nasal throat swabs and nasophayngeal swabs.
- Department of Transportation (DOT): Transporting Infectious Substances Safely [2.45 MB, 36 pages]. Refer to this DOT guidance for shipment of clinical specimens for diagnostic testing.
- Page last reviewed: October 27, 2015
- Page last updated: March 10, 2017
- Content source:
- Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, National Center for Immunization and Respiratory Diseases (NCIRD)
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