To protect patients in health care facilities, last year British Columbia’s health authorities adopted a policy requiring all doctors, staff, students and volunteers to get immunized or to wear a mask while at work during influenza season. To further protect patients, we’re also asking people visiting our facilities to do the same.
As of December 2, 2013, we’re asking anyone entering our facilities to have had the flu shot or wear a mask. 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 will be available at nursing stations and/or outpatient reception desks and/or major entrances to the buildings.
For more information about the 2013-2014 Influenza Control Program, our local vaccination clinics, and information about who is eligible for a free flu shot, visit our Influenza (Flu) Information page.