BC team funded to study influenza prevention policy

9 July 2015

A new MSFHR-funded research project will evaluate the effectiveness of British Columbia’s province-wide influenza prevention policy for health care workers.

Since 2012, BC health care workers have been required to receive the seasonal influenza vaccine or wear a mask in patient care areas. Led by co-investigators Michelle Murti (Fraser Health) and Monika Naus (BC Centre for Disease Control), the funded research team will examine this policy’s impact on absenteeism rates among BC health care workers.

The study will look at absenteeism due to all causes and due to influenza, comparing the rates between health care workers who have been vaccinated and those who have not. The researchers will also investigate the availability of data to support further study of influenza incidence, duration, and severity in long-term care facilities.

The research team includes representation from BC’s five regional health authorities, as well as the BC Centre for Disease Control, Providence Health Care, and the Provincial Health Services Authority.