National Influenza Centre is a surveillance laboratory established in 2014 by the Ministry of Health to monitor Influenza trends, emerging, re-emerging and circulating strains of Influenza virus. The NIC receives and processes flu samples from 8 selected county referral hospitals (Kakamega, Mombasa, Nakuru, Nyeri, Marsabit, Kakuma refugee camp, Dadaab refugee camp and Kenyatta National Hospital).
- To monitor the trends of influenza viruses (severe acute respiratory infections) in the country and circulating strains or outbreak and responds to it.
- To detect any emerging or re-emerging strains of severe acute respiratory infection
- To provide in-country laboratory leadership in WHO’s global influenza surveillance and response system
- To provide technical support to national flu vaccination program
- Plays a key role in public research that informs decision making in the Ministry of Health
- To provide technical support to national vaccination programmes
Laboratory test menu
|Test||Walk-in/Referral service||Free/chargeable||Expected TAT|
|Influenza A molecular testing||Referral||Free||5days|
|Influenza B molecular testing||Referral||Free||5days|
|Influenza A subtyping||Referral||Free||2days|
|Influenza B lineages||Referral||Free||2days|
|Covid 19 PCR testing||Referral/ walk-in||Free||24 hours|
|Cell culture||Referral||Free||7 days|
The laboratory tests respiratory viruses in case of an outbreak and results are delivered within 12-24 hours. The viruses tested include Parainfluenza 1,2,3 and 4, Adenovirus, Rhinovirus, Human metapneumovirus, Merscov, Human coronaviruses, Respiratory Syncytial virus and Parvovirus