Each year, influenza causes serious complications – including death – for many British Columbians, and patients at health care and long-term care facilities are among the hardest hit.
To support a comprehensive influenza prevention strategy, each health authority has a policy requiring all employees, other credentialed professionals (including physicians), residents, volunteers, students, contractors, visitors and vendors who attend patient care locations to either:
- Get vaccinated against the flu; or
- Wear a mask in patient care areas for the duration of flu season.
As of December 1, 2017, any vendor representatives visiting Health Authority patient care locations must have had a flu shot or are required to wear a mask during flu season (December 1, 2017 until April 2018). Masks will be available at key entrances of patient care sites, and we would encourage those that have received a flu shot to carry the record of that vaccination. Any visitor found in violation of this policy may be denied access to patient care locations. This policy applies to all patient care facilities in BC.
Frequently asked questions about the policy, vaccination and masks
For more information, visit the Influenza pages on the Health Authority websites:
The Health Authorities are committed to reducing influenza rates at their health care and long term care facilities. This policy will help save lives, and we ask that you support their efforts by following the terms of the policy.