Flu A, Flu B, RSV
within 24 hours of receipt
within 1 hour of receipt
Nasopharyngeal swab in Viral or Universal Transport Media (VTM or UTM)
Insert swab into posterior nasopharynx and rotate; repeat with other nostril. Place swab in viral transport media (VTM red cap) or Universal Transport Media (green cap), and transport to laboratory ASAP.
Refrigerated: 7 days; Frozen: 1 month
Shared specimen previously used for other tests. Sources other than NP swabs or swabs not immediately placed in viral media. Leaking specimens.
NP swab in viral transport media
Receive specimen in main lab, deliver to microbiology and alert personnel of Rapid Influenza/RSV specimen.
Influenza A, B, and RSV