Influenza Specimen Collection and Shipping
Upon collection, the specimen should be placed in viral transport medium (VTM) and refrigerated immediately. VTM is included in the collection kits. Optimally, specimens should be frozen at -70C or colder prior to shipping on dry ice.
Shipping boxes should be packed with lots of dry ice with no dead air space. Specimens can be kept refrigerated and shipped on frozen gel packs as long as they are received in our laboratory in less than three days from date of collection. The viability of the viruses and integrity of the nucleic acid is severely compromised if stored at refrigerated temperatures for longer periods. Specimens received at greater than three days from date of collection will be rejected. Upon receipt, the temperature of the inside of the box is measured. If the temperature is greater than 10C, the specimens will be rejected.
Please ship all specimens by FedEx Priority. Ship to the following address:
USAFSAM/PHE, Building 930, 2730 Louis Bauer Drive, Brooks City-Base TX 78235-5132 ;Telephone: 210/536-8378 or 210/536-5721.
Specimens should be shipped by FedEx Priority for arrival Tuesday through Friday. Shipments are not delivered to the laboratory on Saturdays. Therefore, please do not ship boxes on Friday. If special circumstances require Saturday delivery, please contact the USAFSAM laboratory (210/536-8378) for special arrangements.