242.tifBC Guidelines

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Influenza Immunization Policy for BC Facilities
Created By: British Columbia Centre For Disease Control (BCCDC)
October 2012

Management of Health Care Providers Pre and Post Exposure to Measles, Mumps or Rubella (MMR)
Created By: Provincial Infection Control Network of British Columbia (PICNet)
May 2011

Information, Resources, and Links

Including immunization schedules for healthcare workers.
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The vaccines recommended for healthcare workers are:

  • Diptheria, tetanus, and pertussis (TDaP)
  • Polio
  • Hepatitis B
  • Measles, mumps, and rubella (MMR)
  • Varicella
  • Influenza

The following resources from BCCDC, HealthLinkBC, and the Public Health Agency of Canada provide information on immunization schedules (which immunizations you should get when), vaccine safety, and what to communicate to patients.

Influenza Vaccinations

Information on Vaccine Safety

Online Immunization Courses

Overview of online immunization courses housed at BCCDC

Influenza vaccinations for healthcare staff

Staff flu shot clinic schedules are now posted…  check your health authority’s intranet for immunization clinic schedules.

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It’s time to prepare for flu season again!

Influenza causes the most deaths among vaccine-preventable diseases and each year across Canada there are approximately 3,500 deaths from the flu and its complications.

Hospitalized patients and seniors in residential care are more vulnerable to the flu than healthy adults. To protect this vulnerable population, in 2012 BC was the first province to implement the Influenza Control Program Policy, which requires health care employees and visitors to our sites to protect patients by either receiving the flu vaccine or wearing a mask in patient care areas during flu season.

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 sick. In addition to protecting patients, it also protects you and your families. Not getting vaccinated? – make sure you know the BC Ministry of Health’s mask policy for flu season.

  • You can find your staff flu vaccination clinic schedule on your health authority’s intranet.
  • You can also go to your local pharmacy for the flu vaccination; it is free for healthcare workers.
  • If you are looking for public flu vaccination clinics, you can find the information at Immunize BC.

Thank you for helping to protect our patients and fellow team members from the flu.

This is also a good time of year to check that all your immunizations are up to date!

 

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PICNet has printable (8.5″ x 11″) PDFs you can download.

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