Staying safe during the winter flu season

As you may have seen in the media, many provinces are being challenged right now with increased cases of flu and respiratory viruses. Canada, and other countries around the globe, are also still managing the ongoing situation regarding COVID-19 and its variants.

In light of these factors, we would like to remind you of the important ways to help prevent illness and help keep yourself, and others, safe:

  • Keep your vaccinations up-to-date, whether it’s your COVID-19 booster dose or seasonal flu shot. You can learn more and register at As a reminder, free vaccines are available in BC to students from international destinations and other provinces.
  • Know the symptoms of COVID-19 and complete a daily health assessment. You can access the self-assessment tool at
  • If you are sick, stay at home. Whatever your symptoms – whether COVID-19, flu or cold related – we all need to make sure we stay home and avoid bringing sickness to campus.
  • Follow the measures outlined in the COVID-19 Campus Rules at

In addition to these safety measures, you are encouraged to wear a mask when gathering in indoor public spaces. You can learn more at Students, faculty and staff who take part in academic activities in health settings may also be required to wear a mask if mandated by a Public Health Order.

As we progress through the winter season, we hope our community will continue to adopt these measures in order to minimize sickness on our campuses. By supporting each other, we can help make sure everyone has an enjoyable, and safe holiday season.

Deborah Buszard
Interim President and Vice-Chancellor

Lesley Cormack
Deputy Vice-Chancellor and Principal, UBC Okanagan

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