Pathology Handbook

Influenza antibodies

Clinical Indications

Test Includes

Tests for detection of antibodies to Influenza A and B viruses are included in the routine serological respiratory screen

Detection of antibodies to Influenza A and B viruses

Request Form 

Request via ICE


On request during routine working hours; reference laboratory test (Addenbrookes)

Specific Criteria

Please give detailed clinical information including date of onset/contact with the suspected infection

Turnaround Time

7-10 days


Serum, red or gold top (SST) tube


7 ml


Vacutainer red top


Samples should be transported to laboratory immediately

Causes for Rejection

Unlabelled / inadequately labelled sample 
Insufficient clinical information given

Lab Handling

Aliquot and store at 4ºC prior to testing; store second aliquot at -40ºC for 3 months. Send to the Reference Laboratory (Addenbrookes) as soon as possible