Influenza Information & Forms for Long-Term Care Facilities

Influenza Information and Forms for Residential Care Facilities

Information on this page is for administrators and staff who work in long-term care facilities affiliated with Island Health.

For more information, please read our Frequently Asked Questions for visitors to hospitals and health-care facilities, and our Influenza Prevention Policy.

Influenza seasonal update and flu vaccine eligibility criteria 2020-2021

Publicly funded influenza vaccines available for long-term care residents and staff this year include:

Product Intended Age Group Product Presentation
High- Dose (Trivalent)
Individuals 65 years of age and older living in long-term care and assisted living facilities *Pre-filled syringe
18 years of age or older  Multi-dose vial
18 years of age or older  *Pre-filled syringe

*Pre-filled syringes take up approximately 10 times as much fridge space as multi-dose vials. 

Ordering vaccines

Instructions to order vaccines

  • First Order: request vaccine based on the number of residents and non-Island Health staff (including volunteers) at your facility
    • Island Health staff vaccine will be provided by Occupational Health
    • Non-Island Health facilities should order vaccine for their staff               
  • Subsequent Orders: place as needed 

Vaccine available for distribution the week of Oct 5th: Fluzone® High-Dose, Fluviral®, Agriflu®

Storing and handling vaccines

Immunization Information for Healthcare Professionals includes vaccine storage and handling, cold chain failure procedures, etc.

Organize immunizations for staff and patients

Getting Ready for Influenza Season Checklist 
Consent for Influenza Vaccine for Adults Assessed as Incapable of Giving Informed Consent 

Report adverse events following immunization

Adverse event reporting: information and form

Reporting influenza vaccine

Facility Report of Influenza Immunization - Fax completed form to local health unit by January 8, 2021


Prepare for outbreaks

Report and manage outbreaks

Report outbreaks within 24 hours.

  • Amalgamate facilities should report to their infection control practitioner.
  • Affiliate facilities report to Public Health, Communicable Disease Program as follows:
    • South Island: 1-866-665-6626
    • Central Island: 1-866-770-7798
    • North Island: 1-877-887-8835

Manage outbreaks

Monitor outbreak activity by checking the Island Health Active Outbreak List

Influenza activity

BCCDC Surveillance Report (provincial)
FluWatch (national)
WHO Flu Surveillance (international)

Learn more

Foundations of Influenza - Disease & Vaccines (immunization course)
Seasonal Influenza Update (immunization course)
Community Vaccine Providers and Influenza
General Immunization information for Health Professionals


Long-Term Care Services
Medical Health Officers
Public Health Units


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