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Influenza (Flu) and H1N1

Seasonal influenza, often called the flu, is a serious, infectious and contagious respiratory illness. You can spread the flu 24 hours before showing any symptoms, and five to seven days after symptoms begin. Learn more

About this flu season and H1N1

Island Health has seen a significant but expected level of influenza activity this flu season to date. According to the BC Centre for Disease Control, the H1N1 strain represents the majority of influenza cases in B.C. so far this flu season. > Read more about flu and H1N1

Getting a flu shot

The H1N1 strain is included in this year’s influenza vaccine.There is a limited supply of influenza vaccine available at some physician offices and pharmacies. We recommend calling ahead to your doctor or pharmacy to find out if they have vaccine available. You may have to call around.

Please visit this web page for updates regarding availability:

Visiting an Island Health facility

During influenza season, typically December-March, to help protect patients from the flu, all visitors are expected to wear a mask in our facilities if they haven’t had a flu shot. Read more

Working at an Island Health facility

Volunteers and anyone working at our patient care sites are required to be immunized against influenza or wear a mask during influenza season (typically December-March).

Information for Volunteers (.pdf)
Information for Contractors working at Island Health Sites  (.pdf)
Information for Employees (Intranet

Community Vaccine Providers      Residential Care Facilities