Written by Dr. Aamir Bharmal, Medical Health Officer, Population and Public Health

Workplace Health Influenza Immunization clinics wrap up on Dec. 1. But there is still time to keep calm and get your flu shot before our masking policy goes into effect.

There are just a few more days to attend a workplace health influenza clinic before the Provincial Influenza Control Program Policy comes into effect.

On December 1, all employees, students, medical staff, residents, contractors, vendors, volunteers and visitors are required to be immunized against influenza or to wear a mask during influenza season when in a patient care area.

Attending a workplace influenza immunization clinic 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. Every year, according to Health Canada, influenza infections lead to approximately 12,200 hospitalizations across the country, while influenza-related complications claim 3,500 lives.

If you can’t make it to a workplace immunization clinic before Dec. 1, it is not too late to arrange to get your flu shot at your local pharmacy, from your family doctor, or from a public flu clinic. Check ImmunizeBC’s Influenza Clinic Locator tool for a location near you. Please bring your B.C. Care Card with you and keep a record of your vaccination.

Keep calm and report your decision online

By now, many of you have already attended a workplace health immunization clinic and have received your flu shot. But did you remember to report your decision? No matter which method you choose to support our flu policy, whether you decide to vaccinate or mask, you must report your decision by Dec. 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 – 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.

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

Watch this video to learn how to keep calm and protect yourself from influenza.

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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