Ordering Recommendation

Follow-up test for patients with documented influenza A. Not a first-line test for the detection of suspected influenza in most clinical situations. Detects and subtypes the two predominant strains of circulating influenza A (H1N1 and H3N2).


Qualitative Polymerase Chain Reaction




1-3 days

New York DOH Approval Status
This test is New York DOH approved.
Specimen Required
Patient Preparation

Respiratory specimen: Bronchoalveolar lavage (BAL), nasal wash, nasopharyngeal swab, or pleural fluid.

Specimen Preparation

Fluid: Transfer 1 mL respiratory specimen to a sterile container. (Min: 0.5 mL) Also acceptable: Transfer to viral transport media (ARUP Supply #12884) available online through eSupply using ARUP Connect™ or contact ARUP Client Services at (800) 522-2787. Swabs: Place in viral transport media. Place each specimen in an individually sealed bag.

Storage/Transport Temperature


Unacceptable Conditions

Specimen source required.


Ambient: 8 hours; Refrigerated: 5 days; Frozen: 2 months

Reference Interval
Interpretive Data

This test targets the H3 and 2009-H1 hemagglutinin genes. The current circulating Influenza A strains are detected and typed (H1N1 and H3N2), however, other H1 and H3 subtypes may also be detected.

Compliance Statement B: For laboratory developed tests not using a RUO kit, and for FDA approved, cleared or 510(k) exempt assays with alterations. This test was developed and its performance characteristics determined by ARUP Laboratories. The U. S. Food and Drug Administration has not approved or cleared this test; however, FDA clearance or approval is not currently required for clinical use. The results are not intended to be used as the sole means for clinical diagnosis or patient management decisions.

Hotline History
CPT Codes


Component Test Code* Component Chart Name LOINC
2007470 Influenza A Virus Subtype Source 31208-2
2007471 Influenza A Virus Subtype by PCR 34487-9
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  • Flu H1,H3 PCR
  • Influenza
Influenza A Virus H1/H3 Subtype by PCR