Alberta Health Services is urging all health care staff to get a seasonal influenza immunization. United Nurses of Alberta also encourages its members to receive their annual flu shot.
Workers in health care settings have a special role in the fight against influenza, as they are capable of transmitting influenza to those at high risk for severe influenza illness. Immunization is the best defence against the flu.
The National Advisory Committee on Immunization considers the provision of influenza immunization for health care workers who have direct patient contact or provide indirect health care services to be “an essential component of the standard care for the protection of patients.”