Flu shots mandatory for B.C. health-care workers

Voluntary, education-based approach preferred: Union
By Amanda Silliker
|Canadian HR Reporter|Last Updated: 09/25/2012

Beginning this flu season, British Columbia will be the first province in the country to implement a mandatory flu shot policy for health-care workers.

“Influenza causes more deaths annually than all other vaccine-preventable diseases combined, and hospitalized patients are more vulnerable,” said B.C.’s Provincial Health Officer Perry Kendall, who announced the new policy in August.

“Putting in place consistent policies to prevent influenza from spreading is the right thing to do from a patient safety perspective.”