Stay healthy and get your flu shot
Written by Dr. Aamir Bharmal, Medical Health Officer

Workplace flu clinics are now under way. Don’t wait. Stay healthy 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. Stay healthy and: 

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

Beginning December 3, 2018, all employees, students, physicians, residents, contractors, vendors, volunteers, and visitors 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. It’s time to stay healthy and support our flu policy. Workplace Influenza Immunization Clinics are now being offered across Fraser Health.

Stay healthy and put vaccination in your calendar before December 3

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. 

Influenza is a respiratory disease that can lead to complications, particularly in vulnerable populations, which include infants and young children, pregnant women, seniors and people with chronic health conditions. Complications from influenza can include pneumonia, hospitalization and in extreme cases, death.

Find the complete list of all workplace influenza immunization clinics on our FH Pulse influenza page. Find one near you and put it in your calendar today. 

You can also get your free flu shot from a peer immunizer 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. 

Please bring your Care Card and employee ID with you to get your flu shot. 

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 3 until March 31. 

If you cannot vaccinate, masks will be available on units for people working and visitors as of December 3. Learn how to wear one properly in this video.

Stay healthy and report your decision online

Whether you decide to vaccinate or mask, you must report your decision by December 3, 2018. 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 to wear a mask – online the same day you receive it or as soon as possible afterward. Reporting only takes a minute and you can do it on your computer or on your smartphone. 

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

 


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