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.
Further, to protect our patients from this serious and potentially deadly illness, all health care professionals and volunteers must get a flu shot, or wear a mask, during flu season (now until approximately March 2016).
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.
People planning to visit a friend or relative in a health care facility, or who will be taking someone to outpatient appointments in a health care facility are eligible to receive the flu shot free of charge.
For anyone not immunized, masks will be available at nursing stations, outpatient reception desks and/or the main entrances of all health care facilities, and wearing instructions will be provided.
- 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 at Immunize BC