Individual cases of influenza are not reportable by law in Texas. State, regional, and local health departments rely on volunteer clinics, hospitals, laboratories and others to report influenza data throughout the season. However, there are situations where influenza becomes reportable by state law. These situations are:
- Influenza-associated pediatric mortality cases are reportable within one working day.
- Novel or variant influenza cases are reportable immediately.
- Influenza-like illness (ILI) or influenza-associated outbreaks in any setting are reportable immediately.
All influenza-associated pediatric mortality cases, novel/variant influenza cases, and ILI/influenza-associated outbreaks should be reported to the local health department or health service region.
Several Texas laws (Tex. Health & Safety Code, Chapters 81, 84 and 87) require specific information regarding notifiable conditions be provided to the Texas Department of State Health Services (DSHS). Health care providers, hospitals, laboratories, schools, and others are required to report patients who are suspected of having a notifiable condition (25 Tex. Admin. Code §97.2).