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We prevent the spread of disease in San Francisco by investigating cases and outbreaks, promoting vaccination, and planning for infectious disease emergencies.

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Increase in Shigella Infections

San Francisco is experiencing an increase in cases of shigella infection. For more information:


Medical providers: Review the SFDPH Shigella Health Advisory dated December 22, 2014 ..................................................................................................................................................................................
 
 

Flu Season 2014-2015

Flu season is here. Annual flu vaccination is recommended for all persons age six months and older. The best place to be vaccinated against influenza is at your doctor's office. If your health care provider does not have vaccine, click here for places to go in San Francisco.

Health care providers:

  • Check out the newly released SFDPH Influenza Health Update to find out the latest information regarding reporting requirements, specimen collection, antiviral treatment recommendations, and vaccines 
  • Visit our Flu Health Care Provider Information page for information regarding mandatory masking requirements for unvaccinated health care workers, guidance for long term care facilities, and detailed vaccine information
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Pregnant Women Need Pertussis Vaccine!

A pertussis (whooping cough) epidemic was declared in California in June 2014. As of November 26th, 9,935 cases have been reported across California. San Francisco is also experiencing an increase in pertussis cases. Pertussis is a very contagious disease, caused by bacteria. People of all ages can get pertussis, but babies are most in danger of having problems from it.

All pregnant women should get a pertussis vaccine, called Tdap during each pregnancy. Tdap vaccine is safe for you and your baby. Some of the protection you get from Tdap during pregnancy passes to your baby. This will help protect your baby until he or she is old enough to get the first pertussis vaccine at 2 months of age. If you are pregnant, talk with your medical provider about pertussis vaccine. Learn more about how to prevent pertussis.

Medical providers: read the latest Pertussis Health Update    

 
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