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Attention all Staff, Faculty and Students   

Defend against the flu this season   

Influenza and norovirus are hitting areas of the province particularly hard this winter. To help protect yourself, get a flu shot (health clinics, your doctor, and pharmacies). Also, wash your hands with soap and water several times a day. If soap and water is not readily available, use alcohol-based hand rubs.   

Annual Flu Clinic

The annual flu clinic was held on November 4, 2013.     

Resources

sicklady2Information on the BC Ministry of Health's January 16, 2013 news release, ministry's detailed flu information, and Interior Health's specific flu clinics can be found here:

The facts on influenza and norovirus in B.C.  
http://www2.news.gov.bc.ca/news_releases_2009-2013/2013HLTH0010-000061.htm

What is influenza? 
http://www.healthlinkbc.ca/kb/content/major/hw122012.html

Where can I get vaccinated?

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Flu shots are administered at a wide variety of locations across the province, including public health clinics, physician's office, and pharmacies. 

To find the nearest flu shot provider, visit ImmunizeBC's Flu Clinic Locator or call HealthLink BC at 8-1-1. 


Flu season continues (January 2014 update)

To reduce the spread of influenza this flu season, students, faculty and staff are reminded that the flu virus is mainly spread person-to-person through coughing or sneezing by people infected with the flu virus. People may also become infected by touching something with the flu virus on it, such as counters or doorknobs, and then touching their eyes, nose or mouth.

To help minimize the risk of flu and other illnesses common at this time of year, UBC’s Okanagan campus has increased housekeeping in high traffic areas, and hand sanitizer is provided where sinks and soap are not available. Even if you have not received a flu vaccination or cannot due to current shortages of vaccine in BC, you can minimize your exposure to the flu and other illnesses by washing your hands often.

Please note that an influenza vaccination is not effective against other illnesses such as colds and gastro-intestinal viruses that are often mistaken for the flu, but which are not actually influenza. Again, hand-washing is an important factor in reducing your risk of getting sick.

Getting a flu shot

BC’s Provincial Health Officer notes that “people who have not been vaccinated this season are encouraged to take the usual preventive measures, such as regular hand washing, staying home when sick and avoiding contact with those who are at high risk to develop complications from influenza.”

Anticipating increased demand for flu vaccinations, BC is expecting about 5,000 more doses to arrive during the week of Jan. 21 and another 3,000 doses during the week of Jan. 28, and the Province has requested another 13,000 doses. These vaccines will be available to eligible persons in all regions of the province, based on demand.

In addition, B.C.’s PharmaCare program has expanded the coverage criteria for antivirals for the 2013-2014 influenza season to include anyone with lab-confirmed influenza A or B, or with influenza symptoms. Physicians can now write prescriptions for people experiencing these symptoms. Antivirals can help reduce the symptoms of flu and help people recover more quickly.

More about BC's vaccine supply

Further information on influenza, norovirus and other illnesses can be found here:

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