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

Thanks to you, Fraser Health has achieved a 79.2 per cent Workplace Health reporting rate for influenza immunization this season.

We thank you for keeping calm and getting your flu shot or wearing a mask, and reporting your decision online.

Thanks to you, Fraser Health has achieved a 79.2 per cent Workplace Health reporting rate for influenza immunization this season, across all job classifications. Our vaccination rate for full time employees was 81.4 per cent. Overall, slightly more employees – 21,274 – chose to vaccinate than last year.

Thank you for supporting our flu policy and ensuring that we protect the vulnerable patients, clients, and residents that we care for from influenza and the often serious complications that can result.

Now, we need to continue to do our best to keep our colleagues and patients free from infection.

As of Dec. 1, under our Influenza Control Program Policy, you are required to mask in all patient care areas if you have not received a flu shot. This policy applies to all staff, physicians, dentists, midwives, nurse practitioners, volunteers, students, contractors and visitors for the duration of flu season. Compliance is required for all Fraser Health employees and medical staff.

Confused about what qualifies as a patient care area? Read this article which outlines where you need to mask to learn more.We can also do our part by following good hand hygiene. It’s important to ensure care providers wash their hands at each of 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.

To prevent the spread of influenza, in addition to washing your hands frequently, remember to cough and sneeze into your sleeve and to stay home if you are sick. Remember, you can spread the virus from one day before to five days after symptoms start.

Not sure how to wear a mask properly? Watch this video for mask-wearing tips.

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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