Reporting of influenza deaths is mandatory in California for all cases under age 65, and for novel influenza strains. Also, although reporting of non-fatal cases is not required, providers are requested to report to the Santa Cruz County Health Department all cases of death or intensive care hospitalization for influenza in persons under age 65
(Flu Reporting Requirements, revised Fall 2017).
Providers are no longer required to report non-fatal cases of pandemic (H1N1) 2009 influenza. The rationale for this is:
Guidance for Providers