Influenza surveillance serves the following purposes:

Hygienic Laboratory Influenza Surveillance Testing:

For the 2014-2015 season, SHL and the Iowa Department of Public Health request the following specimens to be submitted for molecular testing at SHL:

Information for Healthcare Providers:

Information on how to collect and submit specimens to SHL:

Preferred specimen types are a nasopharyngeal swab or a combined nasal plus throat swab (2 swabs in one transport medium tube).

If you wish to submit a question, contact us.

Information on influenza, including how it is spread, prevention, vaccines, treatment and related topics can be found at both the CDC and the IDPH websites.

Last updated Oct. 10, 2014.