Public health and immunization

Infectious diseases and community health issues can present at any time. University Health Services (UHS) strives to keep you informed and works closely with campus partners, Island Health, and the Chief Medical Health Officer.

For more information on public health issues, see the BC Centre for Disease Control, and for more information on diseases and vaccines, please see Immunize BC.

A free app for smart phones and mobile devices is available from Immunize Canada that provides information on vaccinations, schedules, vaccine preventable diseases for travellers, and disease outbreaks in your area. To download, please see the ImmunizeCA App page.

UHS immunizations

Vaccination Program: Immunization reviews and TB skin tests for school, employment, or to update your vaccination status are available at UHS. Please see the list of vaccines and fees for costs.

Access: Please call 250-721-8492 to make a nurse appointment. Please try to obtain immunization records and bring to your consultation session. Contact your home public health unit or health care provider to obtain your records.

Annual Influenza: Flu shots are typically available about mid-October each year. Check back at this website near this time for information on campus flu clinics. Or find your local flu clinic at Immunize BC.

Free vaccines:

  • Hepatitis B (students)
  • HPV Cervarix/Gardasil (for those who qualify)
  • Influenza (for on campus students)
  • Meningococcal C (for those who qualify)
  • MMR (Measles, mumps, rubella)
  • Pneumococcal (for those who qualify)
  • Polio
  • Td, TdP (Tetanus/diphtheria and tetanus/diphtheria/pertussis)
  • Varicella (Chicken pox)

Additional vaccines available for purchase:

  • Hepatitis A
  • Meningococcal (Quadravalent and B)
  • Tetanus/ Dipththeria
  • Polio
  • Pertussis
  • Pneumococcal
  • Typhoid
  • Traveller's Diarrhea

For fee-based vaccines and tests, view the list of fees for uninsured services.

University Health Services is unable to provide immunizations to individuals who are exhibiting a fever or are feeling unwell. Patients receiving immunizations must remain in UHS care for at least 20 minutes following injection to monitor for signs of allergic reaction.

Travel advice

Travel vaccination is important to help reduce and manage your risk of illness and injury during your journey. We provide up-to-date worldwide travel information, but do not supply travel vaccines and therefore encourage students to access a specialized Travel Clinic. Consults should take place 8 weeks prior to departure and include a discussion about immunizations, prophylactic medications (i.e. antimalarial drugs), and specific health information.

Your immunization program should be initiated at least eight weeks prior to departure. For travel advice, first:

  • Obtain immunization records and bring to consultation. See ImmunizeBC for information on obtaining immunization records.
  • Confirm your travel itinerary, (i.e. countries/locations) and bring with you
  • See Public Health Agency of Canada for country specific travel information regarding immunizations, malaria risk, and travel advisories.

Resources

It's flu season, and the best way to protect yourself is to get flu immunization, and wash your hands frequently!

UVic campus flu clinics:

  • Thrusday, November 3, 10:30am to 12:30pm - University Centre, Welcome Centre
  • Wednesday, November 9, 12:00pm - 2:00pm - Administrative Services Building
  • Thursday, November 10, 10:30am - 12:30pm - SUB Upper Lounge
  • Wednesday, November 16, 1:00pm - 3:00pm - CARSA
  • Wednesday, November 16, 4:00pm - 6:00pm - Residence HUB, Sanderson 102
  • Thursday, November 17, 1:00pm - 3:00pm - CARSA
  • Thursday, November 24, 11:00am - 1:00pm - Henderson Room

Outside of these clinic times, the flu vaccine is available at UVic Health Services.  Book an appointment with a nurse.