Peer Immunizer Karin Zarakas gives Coastal COO Karin Olson her flu shot ahead of the 2017/18 flu season.

Coastal staff flu shot clinics start this week

As of December 1, 2017, until March 31, 2018, under the Influenza Prevention Policy, VCH staff, including all casuals and excluded staff; physicians, volunteers and contractors are required to have had the flu shot or wear a mask while in patient care areas and facilities.

Last year, the majority of VCH staff and physicians were immunized – 78% while the remaining staff wore masks. Your participation protects our vulnerable patients from a potentially fatal flu infection.

Where VCH staff can get the flu shot

The vaccine is now available in most doctors’ offices and at pharmacies. Please call ahead to check as some offices and rural areas may not have picked up their supply yet. Starting in late October, peer immunizers (PIs) will be vaccinating staff on numerous units – ask your manager for details.

Find locations of staff clinics at VCH sites by downloading the printable Staff Flu Clinic PDF. Or see below for Coastal sites. Please bring your Care Card and your employee ID number. Also, ensure your upper arm is accessible.

After you get a flu shot report it online. If you choose to wear a mask you must also report it online.

Staff & residents report online at: www.influenzareporting.org/.

Physicians (including dentists, midwives, psychologists, podiatrists, denturist, nurse practitioners, fellows) report online at: medicalstaffhealth.vch.ca/.

PRIZES! Everyone who reports online by December 1, whether you choose to vaccinate or mask, will be entered to win a multitude of prizes including a Fitbit Blaze Smart Watch and $20 coffee cards.

NORTH SHORE

Thursday, October 19                                                                                                                                                                                   
Noon to 4pm
Cedarview Lodge, North Vancouver – large board room

Friday, October 20
2-4pm
Kiwanis Care Centre, North Vancouver – hallway outside board room

Tuesday, October 24
11am-4pm
Evergreen House – main lobby

Wednesday, October 25
10am-6pm
Lions Gate Hospital – main lobby near gift shop

Thursday, October 26
7am-3pm
Lions Gate Hospital – main lobby near gift shop

Friday, October 27
7am-3pm
Lions Gate Hospital – main lobby near gift shop

Friday, October 27
10am-noon
Kiwanis Care Centre, North Vancouver – hallway outside board room

SUNSHINE COAST

Thursday, October 19
1pm-3pm
Sechelt Hospital – large board room

Thursday, October 26
1pm-3pm
Sechelt Hospital – large board room

POWELL RIVER

Thursday, October 19
12:30pm-4:30pm
Willingdon Creek Village Residential Care  – multi-purpose room

Tuesday, October 24
10am-4pm
Powell River General Hospital – Conference Room 1

Thursday, October 26
10am-4pm
Powell River General Hospital – Conference Room 1

SEA TO SKY

Wednesday, October 25
Noon to 5 pm
Squamish General Hospital – Cafeteria

There is also a map of public clinics across BC, including pharmacies.

 

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