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Get a flu or wear a mask when visiting patients, real health

If you have not gotten flu before this year, you will have to wear a mask when visiting Squamish General Hospital or Hilltop House.

In fact, visitors to all facilities in Vancouver Coastal Health (VCH) are asked to wear a surgical mask if they have not received an annual flu.

The move is part of the government's strategy to prevent the spread of the flu and to protect vulnerable patients from potentially fatal infection, VCH reports.

"The flu can be defeated for our patients because they have many chronic health problems, including an impaired immune system and are more susceptible to serious illness," said VCH dr. Meena Dawar. "The best way to protect your loved ones in the hospital is to get the flu, even if you are usually a healthy person. You will not only protect yourself from influenza but also people around you."

The policy will be established by the end of the flu season, which is usually end of March.

Visitor influenza imagery is free of charge from a family doctor, clinic or local pharmacy.

For those who give up the image, surgical masks are available at the care station or outpatient reception.

For more on influenza – including elsewhere to get and how to get it for free – visit www.vch.ca/public-health/communicable-diseases-immunizations/flu-shots-flu-clinics.

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