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January 15, 2013
SURREY – Fraser Health’s Chief Medical Health Officer Dr. Paul Van Buynder has declared the current level of influenza (flu) virus circulating within Fraser Health communities a health hazard under the provisions of the Public Health Act, allowing for additional measures to be taken to safeguard the health and well-being of our most vulnerable community members.
Nineteen Fraser Health residential (long-term) care facilities have reported influenza outbreaks already this year, with significant consequences for residents. This is more than twice as many outbreaks as were reported each of the past two years. In addition, influenza-related visits to Fraser Health emergency departments are at the highest level seen in years
Effective immediately, all people attending a residential care or assisted living facility who have not received a flu shot this year, including staff, volunteers and visitors, will be required to wear a mask and practice stringent hand hygiene during their time at the facility.
Fraser Health is reminding visitors to avoid going to residential care and assisted living facilities if they are feeling unwell.
“We are asking our patients, visitors and staff to take these extra steps to protect their family members, patients, residents and loved ones from this highly contagious and serious virus,” said Dr. Van Buynder.Quick facts:
Refer to our Q and A about our enhanced preventative measures.
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