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.

Vaccines available:

Free for those who are eligible. 

  • Hepatitis A
  • Hepatitis B
  • HPV Gardasil 9
  • Influenza 
  • Meningococcal (C, quad and B)
  • MMR (measles, mumps, rubella)
  • Pneumococcal 
  • Polio
  • Td, TDaP (tetanus/diphtheria and tetanus/diphtheria/pertussis)
  • Typhoid
  • Varicella (chicken pox)
  • and others

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 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

During flu season, the best way to protect yourself and others is to get a flu vaccine, wash your hands frequently and stay home if you become ill!

Upcoming UVic flu clinics:

November 7th, 2018 HSD Rm 300 1pm - 3pm

November 21st, 2018 UVC Welcome Centre 12pm - 2pm

Outside of these times, the flu vaccine is available for students at UVic Health Services by appointment. You may also get your flu vaccine at Public Health flu clinics or select pharmacies. Learn more about the flu vaccine and eligibility from Island Health.