Seasonal Influenza Cases
Seasonal influenza reporting guidelines are detailed in the latest SFDPH Influenza Health Advisory.
Residential Institutions: Please visit our Long-Term Care Facilities webpage for information and additional resources.
Fatal Influenza Form (Ages 0-17 years)
Laboratory Guidelines and Forms
- Specimen Collection Guidelines for Patients with Suspected Seasonal Influenza
- Public Health Laboratory Form: To be completed after consultation with Communicable Disease Control (415) 554-2830.
Novel Influenza (e.g., avian flu H7N9 or H5N1)
Report suspected cases of novel influenza immediately to Communicable Disease Control at (415) 554-2830. After hours, weekends and holidays, please follow the instructions to page the on-call physician.
These cases are characterized by influenza-like illness severe enough to require inpatient medical care in a person with recent (within 10 days of illness onset): (a) close contact with a confirmed or suspected case of human infection with a novel influenza virus; OR (b) travel to areas where a novel virus has been detected in humans or animals; OR (c) working with a novel influenza virus in a lab.
- CDPH Novel Influenza Quicksheet
- Avian Influenza: Information for Health Professionals and Laboratorians
For additional information, forms, and references please contact Communicable Disease Control (415) 554-2830.