BC is experiencing a second (back-to-back) influenza A wave due to unusual late-season A(H3N2) predominance. Usually the Provincial Health Officer, in consultation with medical health officers, notifies that implementation of the Influenza Policy can end by late March. However, it is clear that influenza is still very much in circulation and impacting people and health care services. This is not the first time implementation of the policy has been extended into April because of ongoing influenza activity.
We ask that you continue with the guidelines as per the Influenza Control Program Policy, in that all health care workers are required to wear a surgical/procedure mask when in a patient care area during influenza season if you have not received and reported your flu shot. The policy will remain in effect until further notice from my office.
Prevention is key and we all play a role – Please continue to be very diligent with hand hygiene and other infection prevention and control measures, and be vigilant when you see patients/clients displaying signs that could indicate a viral respiratory infection. Swiftly preventing spread of infection to others is critical, and reporting suspect outbreaks as soon as possible will result in prompt management and control activities.
Dr. Martin Lavoie
Vice President, Population Health and Chief Medical Health Officer
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