Flu policy goes into effect at Vancouver hospitals

Health officials in Vancouver are asking all hospital visitors who have not had a flu shot to wear a mask.

The policy is part of the province’s strategy to prevent the spread of flu and protect vulnerable patients from a potentially fatal infection.

Vancouver Coastal Health medical health officer Dr. Meena Dawar, in a statement Friday, said flu can be “devastating” for patients with chronic health problems including those with weakened immune systems.

She is urging people to get a flu vaccine if they haven’t already.

The policy is applicable to all patient care areas in VCH hospitals, residential care homes, community health care centres and other health facilities from now to around the end of March.

Surgical masks are available at nursing stations or at reception.

ticrawford@postmedia.com

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