Flu prevention policy still in effect
Submitted by Sandy Coughlin, Director, Occupational Health and Safety
Normally the official flu season ends March 31st, but based on the latest influenza data gathered by the BC Centre for Disease Control (BCCDC), there are still higher levels of influenza activity in the community and emergency departments and outbreaks in B.C. than previous years.
The Provincial Health Officer has indicated that the HCW influenza prevention policy will continue to be in effect until influenza activity subsides.
The policy will remain in effect until the season is officially declared over by the Provincial Health Officer. This means that all healthcare workers, staff, volunteers and students working at B.C. health care facilities are required to be immunized, or wear a surgical mask while working in patient care areas during this period. This policy also applies to visitors visiting all patient care areas in hospitals, residential care homes and other health facilities.
The Provincial Health Officer will continue to monitor the influenza activity level with BCCCDC and our Medical Health Officers to determine the official end date of the 2017/18 influenza season. We will let you know as soon as a date has been confirmed.
HCW and visitors are reminded that along with immunization, hand hygiene, cough etiquette and staying away from work and other when ill are key to preventing the spread of influenza.
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