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Help us protect our most vulnerable patients by getting immunized against the flu

Influenza (flu) is a serious disease that can lead to hospitalization and even death.
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​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.​​​​

As of December 1st, visitors to patient care areas must be immunized or wear a mask 

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).   

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

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.

F​or 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.

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 at Immunize BC​.
 
 
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