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
Getting a flu shot
Influenza vaccine will be available in late October on Vancouver Island. You may check the Flu Clinic Locator for clinic times and locations.
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)