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FLU CLINICS HAVE STARTED — GET YOUR FLU IMMUNIZATION TODAY!

As we make our way into flu season, getting your flu shot is especially important in the light of the current COVID-19 pandemic  All Health Care staff, volunteers, visitors, contractors, students and medical staff in patient care areas are required to receive the influenza vaccination or wear a surgical/procedure mask during flu season. 

Your health and safety matters to us. We encourage you to get your flu immunization prior to December 1, 2020.  

What is influenza? 

  • Influenza is a contagious respiratory disease that can lead to serious illness, hospitalization and death.  
  • If Influenza spreads rapidly in our communities at the same time as COVID-19 – it can overwhelm our healthcare system and put our loved ones at risk. 

Why should you get a flu immunization?  

  • The flu shot is safe and effective at preventing illness, especially when used with other infection prevention practices such as proper hand hygiene and staying home when you are sick.  
  • With COVID-19 still impacting our lives, staying as healthy and well as possible is of our utmost importance and the flu shot is another way in which we can protect ourselves, our patients and residents, and our loved ones.  
  • Influenza vaccine is between 70 to 90 per cent effective in preventing influenza in healthy adults. Even if someone becomes ill after receiving the influenza vaccine, the illness is generally milder. 

Where and when can you get your flu immunization?    

  • Click here to see when a Flu Immunization Clinic is coming to your site.  

Where can your family/household members get vaccinated? 

  • The immunization is also widely available throughout the community in drug stores and grocery stores – wherever a trained pharmacist is available. 
  • Click here to find a Influenza (Flu) clinic.  
  • Be sure to encourage your family members to plan ahead to get their shot – as this year as most places will require you to book in advance. 

What other options do I have for the upcoming flu season?   

  • PHC Staff must either get immunized or wear a mask during the flu season.  
  • Whichever option you choose, you must self-report at: https://flu.healthcarebc.ca    

Thank you for your ongoing commitment to staying healthy and safe.  If you have any questions or concerns, please email them to PHCFluclinic@providencehealth.bc.ca.  

This page last updated Oct 15, 2020 6:23pm PDT