Detection of antibodies to influenza A and B.
Identify specimens as acute or convalescent. Acute and convalescent specimens must be submitted on separate test request forms.
Specimen should be free from hemolysis, lipemia and gross bacterial contamination.
Complement fixation (CF)
Negative: < 1:8
Serologic typing is valuable for epidemiology, and for planning therapy. Since type A influenza can be treated with amantadine, but type B cannot, this distinction may need to be made.
This test should not be used to determine H1N1Influenza A virus (swine origin) inection.