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Immunization Program

We plan, monitor and implement support for provincial immunization programs, promote immunization across the province and contribute to provincial immunization initiatives.

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BC Influenza Prevention Policy

BC has had an influenza prevention policy in place since 2012. At that time, BC became the first province in Canada to implement a province-wide condition-of-service influenza prevention policy.

The policy requires all healthcare workers to be vaccinated against influenza or wear a mask in patient care areas throughout the influenza season. The policy also applies to visitors, volunteers and students who attend a patient care area.  

The policy has three goals: 

  • To increase influenza immunization rates in healthcare workers employed in BC health authorities
  • To prevent transmission of influenza from healthcare workers to patients/residents/clients and to other healthcare workers in healthcare facilities in BC
  • To reduce influenza-related absenteeism in healthcare workers employed by health authorities in BC  
  • Healthcare worker immunization coverage
In the decade prior to the policy, influenza immunization rates among healthcare workers ranged from 40-46% in acute care facilities, and 56-68% in long-term care facilities, both well below the former target of 80%. 

Following introduction of the policy, the immunization rate rose in 2013/14 to an average of 75% for healthcare workers in acute care (i.e., hospitals), and 79% for healthcare workers in long term care facilities.

For up-to-date rates, see Immunization Coverage 
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