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 is the most effective method we have to prevent getting sick from influenza or passing it on to others. In British Columbia, the seasonal flu vaccine is provided free of charge to many people.
Visiting an Island Health facility
Beginning December 2nd, to help protect patients from the flu, all visitors will be 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, usually from December until the end of March.
Information for Volunteers (.pdf)
Information for Contractors working at Island Health Sites (.pdf)
Information for Employees (Intranet)