Influenza Policy in Effect – All Visitors Must Have Flu Vaccine or Wear Mask

As of today, Wednesday, December 4, the Fraser Health Influenza Control Program Policy is in effect at Menno Home, Menno Hospital and Terrace East, Assisted Living.

Influenza causes the most deaths among vaccine-preventable diseases, outpacing all others combined. Each year in Canada approximately 3,500 people die from the flu and its complications. Hospitalized patients and seniors in residential care are usually more vulnerable than healthy adults.

To help protect this vulnerable population and the people who care for them, in 2012 Fraser Health implemented the Influenza Control Program Policy, which required health care workers and visitors to get the flu vaccine or to wear a mask in all patient care areas during flu season.

Fraser Health is implementing its Influenza Control Program Policy, effective Wednesday, December 4th, 2019.  This policy requires that all staff and visitors, who have not received a flu shot, are required to wear a surgical mask when they are in the “resident care areas” (which means any area within Menno Home, Hospital and Assisted Living that is accessible to the residents who live here).

Masks will be available at the Nursing desks on each unit and the front entrances at Menno Home and Hospital. For Assisted Living, masks will be available at the front entrance.

Your participation for the health and safety of our residents will be required and greatly appreciated.

Thank you,

The Infection Prevention and Control Committee at Menno Place