Thank You For Supporting Our FLU Policy
Written by Dr. Aamir Bharmal, Medical Health Officer

As of April 13, the Influenza Control Program Policy for the 2017/18 season has ended. Hospital employees and visitors are no longer required to mask if they have not received a flu shot this year.

Thank you for keeping calm and supporting our influenza policy.

As of April 13, 2018, our Influenza Control Program Policy for the 2017/18 season is no longer in effect. Hospital employees and visitors to our health care facilities are no longer required to mask if they have not received a flu shot this year.

We’d like to thank all of our wonderful volunteer peer immunizers for their continued support of our Workplace Health influenza immunization program.

We’d also like to thank all the clinical and support staff in our hospitals and care facilities who took the time to either get vaccinated, to properly don a mask each day before caring for patients, and who diligently washed their hands and stayed home when they were sick. Your extra care and attention really matters to the health and wellbeing of our patients.

Across Fraser Health, more than 79 per cent of you chose to be immunized and reported your decision to vaccinate. Among full-time employees, that rate was even higher at over 81 per cent. Physicians achieved a more than 83 per cent reporting rate.

Despite the fact that peak influenza season has passed, there are still low levels of influenza and other respiratory viruses circulating in our communities. Prevent the spread of these diseases by continuing to follow good hand hygiene.

Protect your patients and yourself by observing the four key moments for hand hygiene: before initial contact with or treatment of each patient, after treating each patient, before undertaking a sterile procedure, and after completing any procedure with a body fluid exposure risk.

You can also prevent spreading viruses by staying home when you are sick and remembering to cough and sneeze into your sleeve. Remember, the influenza virus can be spread from one day before to five days after symptoms start.

Check out more tips on how to protect yourself from the BC Centre for Disease Control.

Stay healthy well after flu season is over. B.C. provides vaccines for 17 diseases. For optimal health, make sure your immunizations are up to date.

Need more information? 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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