Influenza and SARS CoV-2 

CDC Influenza SARS-CoV-2 Multiplex PCR
Influenza A/B and COVID-19
ALTERNATE NAME(S) Novel or pandemic Influenza A strain, Influenza B lineage, COVID-19 from Human
PCR, Whole Genome Sequencing
  • Sentinel provider network and EIP providers submissions
  • Specimens positive for Influenza A may reflex to Influenza A subtyping
  • Specimens positive for Influenza B may reflex to Influenza B lineage testing
  • Specimens positive for SARS-CoV-2 may reflex to SARS-CoV-2 sequencing
  • Specimens positive for Influenza may reflex to Influenza sequencing

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TDH DLS Requisition: PH-4149 Influenza and Viral Respiratory Panel 

Specimen Requirements

Patient Preparation

  • None
Specimen Collection
  • Acceptable Specimen Types:

- Nasopharyngeal swab in VTM, UTM, and/or Saline

- Nasal swab in VTM, UTM, and/or Saline

Specimen Labeling
  • Specimen should be labeled with at least two unique patient identifiers and specimen source and match accompanying requisition or electronic order. 
Specimen Processing
  • None
Specimen Storage and Preservation
  • Store specimens at 2-30°C and ship overnight on icepacks.
  • If testing will be delayed more than 72 hours, specimens in VTM or UTM should be frozen at -70°C or colder.
  • Specimens in saline should not be frozen.
  • Specimens stored at 2- 30°C must be received by the laboratory within 72 hours of collection.
Specimen Transportation
  • Ship specimens to arrive at the laboratory Tuesday - Friday.  
  • Ship unfrozen specimens on icepacks. 
  • Ship frozen specimens on dry ice. 
  • Specimens must be placed in an individual biohazard bag with absorbent material. 
  • All infectious substance shipments must conform to U.S. Department of Transportation (DOT) Hazardous Material Regulations (HMR 49 C.F.R Parts 171-180).
Specimen Acceptability and Rejection  
  • The following specimens will be rejected and reported as "unsatisfactory":

           - Specimens that broke or leaked in transit

           - No specimen was in the container submitted

           - Improper specimen type submitted

           - Specimen was received at improper temperature

           - Improper labeling of specimen

           -Unfrozen VTM/UTM specimens or saline specimens received after 72 hours                of collection

Testing Location
  • Nashville

This Page Last Updated: April 16, 2024 at 9:00 AM