Influenza cases numbers are currently increasing throughout West Michigan. Influenza prevalence guides the most appropriate testing approach and sufficient prevalence has now been reached for influenza rapid antigen testing (e.g. Sofia instrument) to have improved performance. The use of rapid antigen testing as a screening method during high prevalence reduces both the cost to the patient and turn-around-time as compared to lab-based molecular methods. Rapid antigen tests generally have high analytical specificity, but lack the sensitivity of nucleic acid amplification methods (e.g. PCR). For this reason, PCR testing is still recommended for hospitalized patients and for outpatients with a negative antigen result if influenza is still suspected and if the result will impact clinical decision making.
|Recommended order||Influenza PCR (LAB3255)||Influenza Rapid Antigen (LAB2111530)
Influenza PCR (LAB3255)
|Test name||Epic code||Interface EMR Code||CPT Code|
|Influenza Rapid Antigen||LAB2111530||11208||87804 x4|