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Help stop the spread of influenza

Influenza is a seasonal respiratory illness that occurs annually, usually peaking in winter. It affects 5-10% of adults and 20-30% of children each year.1 Seasonal outbreaks can result in hospitalisation and death mainly among high-risk groups (the very young, elderly or chronically ill).2 Worldwide, annual epidemics are estimated to result in 3–5 million cases of severe illness, and 290,000–650,000 deaths.2

Annual Global Incidence Graphic

Roche’s influenza portfolio

Influenza A/B and RSV molecular point of care test

Automated multiplex real-time RT-PCR assay for the rapid in vitro qualitative detection and discrimination of Influenza A virus, Influenza B virus and respiratory syncytial virus (RSV) RNA ~20 minutes.

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High-volume SARS-CoV-2 & Influenza A/B test

Reliable and high-quality results for clinical decision-making for the improved management of COVID-19.

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SARS-CoV-2 & Influenza A/B molecular point-of-care test

Multiplex detection and differentiation of SARS-CoV-2, influenza A and influenza B in 20 minutes from a single nasal sample.

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