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

The Provincial Influenza Control Program Policy goes into effect in two weeks. Keep calm and protect yourself from flu: vaccinate now or plan to mask. And don’t forget to report your decision.

The Provincial Influenza Control Program Policy takes effect on Monday, December 1. This policy requires all staff, physicians, dentists, midwives, nurse practitioners, volunteers, students, contractors and visitors to be vaccinated against influenza or wear a surgical/procedure mask when in a patient care area during flu season, starting December 1. Compliance is required for all Fraser Health employees and medical staff.

This flu season, you can support our flu policy with two simple steps. Keep calm and:

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

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 – 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.

Keep calm and protect yourself from flu – and don’t forget to report!

If you haven’t made time to get immunized yet, don’t wait. Workplace Influenza Immunization Clinics are now being offered. Here’s how to get your flu shot:

  • Check the complete list of all workplace influenza immunization clinics – from Oct. 30 to Dec. 1 – on our FH Pulse flu page. Find one near you. Please bring your Care Card and employee ID with you. 
  • Get your free flu shot from a peer immunizer at work or right 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 Dec. 1 until March 31.

If you cannot vaccinate, masks will be available on units for staff and visitors as of Dec. 1. Watch this video to learn how to wear a mask properly.

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.

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

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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