H1N1 Flu Virus

The majority of the H1N1 flu virus cases in British Columbia have been relatively mild and were detected by the Province’s robust and responsive public health surveillance system. The Province is prepared for a potential resurgence of the virus moving into the fall and winter flu season and towards the 2010 Olympic and Paralympic Winter Games in February and March. Visit back often as new information and tools will be made available to inform the public and help people protect themselves against the H1N1 flu virus.

These resources will give you the most current information on the H1N1 situation in B.C.:

As B.C. prepares for the fall influenza season, with both seasonal flu and the potential for a resurgence of the novel H1N1 flu virus, the Province is planning ahead to ensure measures are in place to protect the public, as well as the athletes and visitors that will come to our province during the 2010 Winter Games.

These measures include:

  • Vaccination roll-outs have started in local health authorities for those most at risk for the H1N1 flu virus. For more information, use the Flu Clinic Locator or call your local public health unit or your family physician. [News release]
  • Back-to-school informational packets were sent home through schools during the first week of classes. [News release]
  • Regular seasonal flu immunization programs. [News release]
  • A strategy to address distribution and availability of B.C.’s stockpile of antivirals.
  • Contingency planning for pressures that may be placed on B.C.’s health system by a resurgent H1N1 flu virus.