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It’s officially flu season: help protect our patients

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December 1 is the official start to flu season. 

To protect our vulnerable patients, residents and clients from this serious and potentially deadly illness, all staff, volunteers and visitors to PHSA patient care areas must have had a flu shot or wear a mask during flu season (December 1, 2016 until approximately March 2017). This policy applies to all patient care facilities in BC.

The flu is a serious disease that can lead to hospitalization and even death.

Those already hospitalized – especially the very young, people with compromised immune systems and the elderly – are highly susceptible to influenza, and each year there are around 3,500 flu-related deaths in Canada.

Getting vaccinated is the best way to protect yourself and others against influenza 

Even healthy people can get very sick from the flu, and infected people are highly contagious and can spread influenza to others for up to 24 hours before showing symptoms. The flu shot is safe and effective at preventing illness, especially when used with other infection prevention practices such as proper hand hygiene and staying home when sick. 

Visitors qualify for free seasonal flu shot
If you’re planning to visit a friend or relative in a health care facility, or if you’ll be taking someone to outpatient appointments in a health care facility, you are eligible to receive the flu shot free of charge.

If you are not immunized, masks will be available at nursing stations, outpatient reception desks and/or the main entrances of our facilities, and wearing instructions will be provided.

Where can I get a flu shot? 

  • Your family doctor
  • A walk-in clinic
  • Your pharmacist 
  • A public health clinic 
Find a convenient flu clinic location, along with more information about flu vaccination including who’s eligible for a free seasonal flu shot, at Immunize BC.

Are you a PHSA employee?
Visit the staff influenza resources page for details on how this policy applies to PHSA staff.

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