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Help stop the spread of influenza

Influenza is a seasonal disease that occurs annually, usually peaking in winter. It affects 5-10% of adults and 20-30% of children each year.1 Seasonal illnesses 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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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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Influenza A/B molecular point-of-care test

A multiplex real-time RT-PCR assay to differentially detect both influenza A and influenza B in ~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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  2. WHO (2018). Influenza (seasonal) factsheet. Available at last access 11 Oct 2018
  3. Mayo Clinic (2016), Symptoms and causes. Available at last access 11 Oct 2018
  4. Call, S.A., Vollenweider, M.A., Hornung, C.A., Simel, D.L., McKinney, W.P. (2005). Does this patient have influenza? JAMA 293(8), 987-997.
  5. CDC (2016). Guidance for Clinicians on the Use of Rapid influenza diagnostic tests. Available at last accessed 04 May 2017
  6. Caliendo, A., et al. (2013). Better tests, better care: improved diagnostics for infectious diseases. Clin Infect Dis 57(3), S139-170.
  7. Brooke-Pearce, F., Demertzi E. (2019). Introduction of cobas Liat Influenza A/B for rapid point-of-care diagnosis of influenza infection in an acute trust.  Infect Prev 20(6):297-300.
  8. Bonner, A.B., Monroe, K.W., Talley, L.I., Klasner, A.E., Kimberlin, D.W. (2003). Impact of the rapid diagnosis of influenza on physician decision-making and patient management in the pediatric emergency department: results of a randomized, prospective, controlled trial.  Pediatrics 112(2), 363-367.
  9. Esposito, S., Marchisio, P., Morelli, P., Crovari, P., Principi, N. (2003). Effect of a rapid influenza diagnosis. Arch Dis Child 88, 525-526.
  10. Jennings, L.C., et al. (2009). Effect of rapid influenza testing on the clinical management of paediatric influenza. Influenza Other Respir Viruses 3, 91-98.
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