Please see important information and dates related to the Influenza Control Policy.

What’s happening? 

All students and faculty instructors in all Fraser Health patient care areas, defined as areas where patients are/or likely to be present, must demonstrate compliance with the Influenza Control Policy by providing documentation of the influenza immunization or wearing a surgical procedure mask. 

Why is this important? 

Your participation in this important patient safety initiative will assist in protecting our vulnerable patients from a potentially fatal influenza infection. You can be infected and spread influenza to your patients, co-workers or family for 24 hours or more before you feel the first symptoms.

When will this happen? 

All students and faculty instructors must be able to demonstrate compliance of the Influenza Control Policy by December 1, 2018 until the end of flu season (approximately March 31, 2019).

Where can I receive an influenza vaccine? 

Who should I inform of my immunization status? 

For instructor-led groups, faculty instructors should be collecting written records of students’ immunization status and share the list with the Practice Area Manager, Educator and/or Leader.

Preceptor (one-to-one) students should inform their preceptor/supervisor of their immunization status. The preceptor/supervisor should provide direction if the student needs to provide this information to the Practice Area Manager. 

How will this impact students and faculty instructors? 

Fraser Health may request proof of immunization status from students and faculty instructors at any time in preparation for or during a clinical placement.

  • All students and faculty instructors must carry documentation of their immunization record in patient care areas.
  • If you choose not to receive the vaccine, you must demonstrate compliance by wearing a surgical procedure mask at all times in patient care areas.
  • Failure to comply may result in removal from the practice area.

Students and faculty instructors who are completing student placements in Fraser Health are expected to apply any necessary changes in their practice to ensure that patients, clients, and residents continue to receive safe and quality care. Students and faculty instructors can access this policy via FH Pulse when they are on a Fraser Health computer on a Fraser Health site.

Resources

Visit Fraser Health’s influenza web page to learn more about the Influenza Control Program policy and Frequently Asked Questions.

Practice Education Guideline for BC - Immunization:

  • All students and faculty instructors visiting health service delivery sites for clinical placements are considered Health Care Staff and must follow provincial and Receiving Agency
  • immunization guidelines and policies.
  • Review the Guideline for the roles and responsibilities of the Placing Agency, students, faculty instructors, and Receiving Agency.
  • Students and faculty instructors will continue to meet immunization requirements prior to attending practice education experiences.
  • Review the guideline regarding Communicable Diseases Outbreak Prevention. 
 

Questions?

For queries specific to the Provincial Influenza Control Policy contact influenzaquestions@fraserhealth.ca.

For general student enquiries contact the Student Practice Team.


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