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H1N1 Flu Reporting

The goal of H1N1 flu reporting is to document and understand the most severe cases of disease to target treatment and prevention efforts. Reporting now focuses on hospitalizations and fatalities, which provide the most accurate measure of disease severity and serve the public health goal of tracking H1N1 disease trends. Outpatient cases are no longer reportable. H1N1 is now widespread throughout Santa Clara County and California and reporting outpatient cases does not assist in further efforts to understand the pandemic. 
 
In Santa Clara County, individual health care providers are currently required to report:
  • Individual cases of probable or confirmed H1N1 infection in patients who are hospitalized in the ICU or who have died.
Providers are also asked to report:
  • Individual cases of any lab-confirmed influenza infection in patients who are hospitalized in the ICU or who have died.
In addition, hospitals are asked to provide weekly aggregate reports of patients hospitalized with influenza, by age group. (In most hospitals, the infection control practitioner takes responsibility for providing these reports.) Individual reports for each hospitalized case are no longer required, unless the case is hospitalized in the ICU.
 
To report a case, complete a Confidential Morbidity Report (CMR) (http://www.sccphd.org/SCC/docs/Public%20Health%20Department%20(DEP)/attachments/CMR6-09.pdf), and fax to Disease Prevention and Control at 408-885-3709. Questions about reporting should be directed to Disease Prevention and Control at 408-885-4214.