Written by Dr. Aamir Bharmal, Medical Health Officer

Workplace influenza immunization clinics are now under way. Keep calm and get your flu shot now so that you, your family and your patients, clients and residents receive the best protection against influenza.

This flu season, you can support our flu policy with two simple steps.

  1. Vaccinate or mask.
  2. Report your decision online.

Beginning December 1, 2017, all employees, students, physicians, residents, contractors, vendors and volunteers are required to be immunized against influenza or to wear a mask at all times when in a patient care area.

Don’t wait to get immunized. Don’t wait to report. Workplace Influenza Immunization Clinics are now being offered across Fraser Health.

Keep calm and put vaccination in your calendar before December 1

Attending a workplace influenza immunization clinic to get immunized is one of the easiest ways to protect yourself, your family, and your patients, clients and residents from influenza. This is a potentially fatal illness for vulnerable people, including infants and young children, pregnant women, seniors and people with chronic health conditions, and it’s important that we help protect them.

Find the complete list of all workplace influenza immunization clinics – from October 30 to December 1 – on our FH Pulse flu page. Find one near you and put it in your calendar today. Please bring your Care Card and employee ID with you. Don’t forget to report your decision – you can do it while you wait on your phone at Influenzareporting.org

You can also get your free flu shot from a peer immunizer or in your community from your family doctor, pharmacist, or walk-in clinic. Check ImmunizeBC’s Influenza Clinic Locator for a clinic near you.

B.C.’s Influenza Prevention Policy requires all health care workers and visitors to either vaccinate or to wear a mask in patient care areas from December 1 until March 31.

If you cannot vaccinate, masks will be available on units for staff and visitors as of December 1. Learn how to wear one properly in this video.

Watch this video to learn how to keep calm and support our flu policy.

Keep calm and report your decision online 

No matter which method you choose, whether you decide to vaccinate or mask, you must report your decision by December 1. Here’s how:

How do I report?
You are a: Report your flu shot or decision to mask to:
Employee Influenzareporting.org
Physician/ Medical Staff Medicalstaffhealth.phsa.ca
Volunteer Volunteer manager or coordinator
Contractor Supervisor or manager
Student Instructor

We ask that you report your decision – to get immunized or wear a mask – online the same day you receive it or as soon as possible. Reporting only takes a minute and you can do it on your smartphone or computer.

Visit our Fraser Health influenza page and FH Pulse influenza page for more information or email your questions to influenzaquestions@fraserhealth.ca

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