Influenza (flu) is a serious disease that can lead to hospitalization and even death. Getting vaccinated is the best way to protect yourself and others against influenza.
As of December 1, 2015, health care workers and hospital visitors who have not had flu shots are required to wear a mask in patient care areas until BC’s provincial health officer declares an end to flu season.
During the flu season, which typically lasts December through March, any visitor who has not had their flu shot must wear a mask while in patient care areas. This will help protect your loved ones – the people you are visiting – from getting a potentially serious illness.
People planning to visit loved ones in a health-care facility or who will take family members to outpatient appointments are also eligible for a free flu shot.
Masks are available at nursing stations, outpatient reception desks and/or the main entrances of our facilities.
For information about how to wear a mask,
You can book an appointment:
- With your family doctor
- At a walk-in clinic
- With your pharmacist
- Public Health clinic
Clinics at pharmacies are listed on ImmunizeBC's flu clinic locator.
Who can get a free seasonal flu shot?
- People 65 years and older and their caregivers/household contacts;
- Residents of nursing homes and other chronic care facilities;
- Children and adults with chronic health conditions, including obesity, and their household contacts;
- Children and adolescents (six months to 18 years) with conditions treated for long periods of time with acetylsalicylic acid, and their household contacts;
- Healthy children age six months to five years of age
Household contacts and caregivers of infants age zero to 59 months;
- Aboriginal peoples (on and off reserve);
- All pregnant women and their household contacts;
- Health care and other care providers in facilities and community settings who are capable of transmitting influenza to those at high risk of influenza complications;
- People who provide essential services including first responders and correction officers;
- People who work with live poultry;
- People planning to visit loved ones in a health care facility or who will take family members to outpatient appointments are also eligible for a family members to outpatient appointments are also eligible for a free flu shot.