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B.C. to require flu vaccines for health workers

Posted: August 27, 2012 |   Comments

British Columbia has become the first province to implement a policy requiring health-care workers to get a flu shot or wear a mask to protect patients.

Provincial health officer Dr. Perry Kendall said the measure is being implemented this season for staff at publicly funded facilities including long-term care homes because less than half of health-care workers get vaccinated.

Kendall said the flu causes more deaths every year than all other vaccine-preventable diseases combined and hospitalized patients and seniors are more at risk of complications from it than the rest of the population.

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