Influenza Vaccination

Preventing the spread of influenza to our patients, clients and residents is a responsibility shared by medical staff, staff, visitors and family members. Last season 87% of medical staff got the flu shot, the remaining members chose to wear a mask. All medical staff are encouraged to get a free flu shot before December 1, 2019, when the Health Care Worker Influenza Protection Policy comes into effect.

Report your flu shot


UBC Postgraduate Residents:

You will need to visit https://www.influenzareporting.org/ to self-report their immunization or mask status. This influenza self-reporting site is the single reporting tool regardless of your current work site in the Province.


Medical staff (including VCH employed physicians) & Fellows:

All Medical Staff can choose one of the following methods to report their immunization or decision to wear a mask. Regardless of your current work site(s) in the Province (i.e. for VCH, FHA, IHA, NHA, PHC, PHSA or Island Health), you will only need to report your information once using one of the following methods:

Email:

  • Respond to the email you will be receiving asking for flu reporting or send an email to medicalstaffhealth@vch.ca with the following information.
    • If immunized, date you received your immunization and site where you received your immunization (i.e. VCH site or off site at a family physician’s office, pharmacy, public health clinic or other)
    • If not receiving a vaccination, indicate if you will be wearing a mask or that you are not working during influenza season

Phone:

  • Call and leave a voicemail at 604-875-4111 ext.69597
    Please include the following information in your voicemail:

    • First and last name
    • Professional College ID
    • Phone number
    • email address
    • If immunized, date you received your immunization and site where you received your immunization (i.e. VCH site or off site at a family physician’s office, pharmacy, public health clinic or other)
    • If not receiving a vaccination, indicate if you will be wearing a mask or if you are not working during influenza season

What if I don’t get vaccinated?

You will be required to self-report to the above email address or phone advising that you will wear a procedure mask when in patient care areas. Masks will be available on the units.

Looking for a flu clinic?

Check out the map of special staff clinics at VCH sites.

Not able to attend a VCH site? Visit ImmunizeBC for a map of public clinics across British Columbia, including pharmacies.

Other questions about influenza?

A copy of the  Influenza Control Program Policy and frequently asked questions can be found on our Fight the flu page.

General influenza-related questions can be sent to: fluprevention@vch.ca or 604-875-4385