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No flu shot? Put on a mask

The province is asking everyone who hasn't gotten a flu shot to wear a mask when entering provincial health care facilities.
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If you decline to get a flu shot, please wear a face mask when entering provincial health care facilities.

The province is asking everyone who hasn't gotten a flu shot to wear a mask when entering provincial health care facilities.

"Hospitalized patients, as well as seniors in residential care and assisted living are more vulnerable to influenza," the MInistry of Health said in a release. "People infected with the flu are highly contagious and can spread the virus for 24 hours before they even realize they are sick."

The policy will apply to all health authority employees, students, doctors, residents, contractors, vendors and volunteers who have not been immunized, and who visit hospitals, long-term care homes, public health units and outpatient clinics.

The policy will be practiced on the honour system.

The flu vaccine is free to people intending to visit a health care facility and is available at public health clinics, doctors' offices and pharmacies.

It's also free in B.C. for children between the ages of five and six, seniors 65 years and older, pregnant women and aboriginal people, as well as individuals with chronic health conditions or compromised immune systems and their caregivers.

The vaccine is also available through nasal spray.

Visit immunizebc.ca for more information.

dcreporter@dcdn.ca

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