The local health department will provide guidance to the medical community in the event of any infectious disease outbreak, including an outbreak of pandemic or avian influenza.
California of Department of Public Health (CDPH) recommendations for healthcare providers on pandemic influenza are available at the CDPH Be Prepared California website. These recommendations include guidelines for testing and infection control cautions for novel avian influenza A.
The latest guidance from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) on influenza issues is available at the Flu.gov website. This includes information for healthcare providers on seasonal and pandemic flu. All healthcare providers should consult with the local health department for advice on diagnostic, testing and specimen submission.
To report a suspected case of avian influenza in San Diego, you may contact the County of San Diego Community Epidemiology Program by phone at (619) 692-8499. For urgent matters on evenings, weekends or holidays, dial (858) 565-5255 and ask for the epidemiologist on call.
For information on local surveillance and reporting, visit the Community Epidemiology Program website.
Phone stickers with contact information for reporting communicable diseases in San Diego are available by calling (619) 692-8499.
Health Care Planning
The preparedness level of local health care providers will be critical for an effective local response to pandemic influenza. Health care providers are encouraged to develop and periodically review pandemic influenza plans and preparations. Public Health staff is available to consult during this process and participate in preparedness activities.
For more information about pandemic influenza, send us an email or phone (619) 692-8499.
Additional Information for Health Care Planning
- OSHA Pandemic Influenza Preparedness and Response Guidance for Health Care Workers and Health Care Employees
- Flu.gov Health Care Planning web page
- Flu.gov Home Health Care Services Checklist
- Flu.gov Medical Offices and Clinics Checklist
- Flu.gov Emergency Medical Service and Non-Emergent Medical Transport Checklist
- Flu.gov Hospital Preparedness Checklist
Long-Term Care and Other Residential Facilities
Pandemic Influenza Planning Checklist