Health care workers are at risk of exposure to infectious diseases while at work abut many diseases can be prevented with immunization.
Getting immunized protects your health and prevents the spread of disease between you and your patients, and between you and your family and friends.
What routine immunizations are recommended in B.C.?
The vaccines recommended for health care workers are diphtheria, tetanus, polio, hepatitis B, measles, mumps and rubella (MMR), chickenpox (varicella) and influenza (flu). All are provided free to health care workers in B.C.
Where can I get immunized?
New employees are directed to call the Provincial Workplace Health Call Centre at 1-866-922-9464 to review their records and are referred to a clinic if required.
Other employees can update their immunizations at specific site based immunization clinics run throughout Fraser Health sites throughout the year. All publicly funded vaccines can also be administered free of charge by a pharmacist.
What about record keeping?
It is important to keep a copy of your records. Employee records are kept in a confidential electronic database and available to employees at their request.
For tracking your family’s records, try the CANImmunize App.
- Immunization for Health Care Workers in B.C. (HealthLink BC website)
Information about immunizations for health care professionals