Actim rapid tests to help limit the COVID-19 pandemic

The symptoms of corona, influenza, and other viral respiratory infections are very similar. Clinically it is hard to distinguish these from each other and rapid tests for corona are not widely available at this point. However, the Actim Influenza A&B test can be used to screen for influenza. Some countries have already adopted a model – test first with Actim Influenza A&B test and if it is negative then test for corona virus. Read more how Actim tests can help limit the COVID-19 pandemic.

The key to early flu diagnosis

Actim® Influenza A&B detects and differentiates between influenza A and B virus antigens from respiratory samples in just 10 minutes.

Influenza is a respiratory infection caused by influenza viruses. The seasonal flu epidemics are caused by two main types of influenza viruses, A and B, which infect around 10% of the population every year. The symptoms of influenza are similar to the symptoms caused by other, less severe viral infections. However, it is important to distinguish between influenza and common cold, since influenza is more likely to result in hospitalization, or even death.

Actim Influenza A&B is designed to give quick and reliable answers on the spot. Early diagnosis of influenza allows antiviral treatment to reduce the duration and severity of the illness. In addition, detection of influenza reduces unnecessary use of antibiotics and helps to take preventive actions in time to limit the spread of the infection.

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Key facts
  • Rapidly detects influenza A and B from various respiratory sample types
  • Detects various influenza A subtypes, including swine and avian flu
  • Easy-to-use one-step dipstick test
  • Gives test results at the bedside in just 10 minutes
  • No laboratory resources or sample processing is needed
  • The test kit contains all necessary materials and can be stored at room temperature
  • Available also with both influenza A and B positive controls for quality assurance

How Actim Influenza A&B works

The Actim® Influenza A&B rapid test is based on highly specific monoclonal antibodies that detect nucleoprotein of the virus. This is the internal part of the virus that is not subject to annual structural changes. Actim Influenza A&B is specific to influenza and does not detect other respiratory viruses, such as adenovirus, rapid respiratory syncytial virus, or rhinovirus. It detects wide range of Influenza A subtypes, including H5N3, H7N3, H9N2, H5N1 (“avian flu”), and H1N1v (“swine flu”).


  • Nucleoprotein encapsidates the RNA genome of the virus
  • Conserved across influenza virus subtypes
Actim Influenza A&B can be used for various respiratory samples: nasal aspirates, nasal washes, or swabs, and it is suitable for viscous samples as well.

How Actim Influenza A&B helps

Influenza diagnostics tests have a crucial role in detecting individual cases and monitoring the spread of different viral strains. However, many available tests methods are time consuming and require laboratory equipment and trained laboratory staff. Actim® Influenza A&B enables fast and easy influenza testing.

Antiviral drugs may ease the severity of the symptoms and shorten the duration of the infection. For risk groups, antivirals may prevent the more severe form of influenza and the need of hospitalization. However, antivirals work best, when the treatment is started at the early onset of the symptoms (usually within 2 days). Therefore, the importance of early detection of influenza is crucial.  A positive result from Actim Influenza A&B helps decision-making and promotes on time treatment.

Actim Influenza A&B diagnoses influenza without delay

  • Reliable testing on the spot
  • Immediate access to results
  • No need for laboratory facilities
  • Enables early start of antiviral treatment
  • Helps to follow the beginning and development of the influenza epidemic

How to use Actim Influenza A&B

The test kit contains all necessary materials and can be stored at room temperature: 2–30 °C.

Collect a respiratory sample

Nasal/nasopharyngeal swab, nasal wash/aspirate.


Extract the sample for nasal/nasopharyngeal swab

Dispense 12 drops of Swab Extraction Buffer into the test tube.

Place the swab into the test tube and swirl around for about 10 seconds. Press the swab against the wall of the tube and remove it from the tube.

Extract the sample for nasal wash/aspirate:

Dispense 3 drops of Extraction Buffer into the test tube.

Mix the solutions well.

Activate the test

Place the yellow dip area into the test tube with extracted sample and leave it there until reading.

Interpret results

A positive result can be read as soon as it becomes visible. One blue line in the lower part of the result area = influenza A positive, One blue line in the middle part of the result area = influenza B positive, Two blue lines in the result area = influenza A and B positive.

A negative result should be confirmed at 10 minutes. Only a black control line is visible = influenza virus not detected, further investigation needed.

How to order Actim Influenza A&B

Actim® Influenza A&B test kit contains 20 tests and it is available with or without controls. All test kits contain:

  • Dipsticks (individually packed)
  • Swab Extraction Buffer
  • Extraction Buffer
  • Swabs
  • Test tubes
  • Brief instructions
  • Instructions for use

In addition, Actim Influenza A&B test kit 32836ETAC contains external influenza control swabs: one control swab each of Positive Control A and Positive Control B.

Ordering information

  • Actim Influenza A&B 20 test kit with controls, ref: 32836ETAC
  • Actim Influenza A&B 20 test kit, ref: 32837ETAC

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How to get Actim Influenza A&B

Actim rapid tests are used by medical professionals worldwide. To ensure a prompt delivery, Actim tests are distributed via local companies.

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Disclaimer: Product availability and/or labeling may vary from country to country and is subject to varying regulatory requirements. Please contact your local representative for availability.