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Influenza (Flu)

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 the flu

Getting a flu shot

Visiting an Island Health facility

From December through March, to help protect against the flu, all visitors will be expected to wear a mask in our facilities if they have not had a flu shot. Look for masks near main entrances, hand washing stations or at reception/admitting.

For more information, please read our Frequently Asked Questions (pdf) and Influenza Protection Policy (pdf). 

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, from December through March.

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