I want to enroll in an MD program, but I have VAX...

Question: 

I want to enroll in an MD program, but I have VAX sensitivities. Is there exemptions to this? I don't think risking my health for flu shots would prevent me from providing medical care to others...

Answer: 

ImmunizeBC is an immunization resource for members of the public, not health care workers (HCWs). Please speak with your educational institution about their occupational health program and exemptions. In general:

  • HCWs are at risk of exposure to infectious diseases because of their contact with patients.
  • Having immunity against vaccine-preventable diseases protects HCWs and may also protect patients from becoming infected by HCWs.
  • All routine immunizations, including booster doses, are recommended to HCWs.
  • In BC, there is an influenza prevention policy for all health care settings. More information is here.

Immunization Nurse

Date last updated: 
Sunday, Jun 09, 2019