H1N1 for Nurses

This web resource provides BC Nurses (Registered Nurses, Nurse Practitioners, Registered Psychiatric Nurses, and Licensed Practical Nurses) with information and resources to support nursing practice related to H1N1 influenza virus. The information will be revised as necessary during the influenza season.

Scope of Practice for BC Nurses

For further information contact:

Epidemiology: novel H1N1 (2009) in BC

Please Note: Confirmed cases will be updated weekly on Tuesdays. More detailed surveillance information can be accessed through BCCDC's Novel H1N1 Virus (NH1N1) Surveillance update.

Influenza Immunization

For information about the vaccine sequencing schedule, vaccine dosing recommendations, vaccine co-administration or other vaccine information see Immunization section on the physician web page.

Clinic Schedules by Health Authority

For information on Health Authority Public Health Influenza Immunization Clinics

BC Flu Clinic Locator - Ministry of Health flu clinic locator. Enter your postal code or city/town to find the seasonal flu clinics scheduled near you. Locations for H1N1 vaccine clinics will be added in the coming weeks.

Antiviral Medications - Clinical Information for Nurses

Registered Nurse Decision Support Tool (PDF, 102KB) (Clinical Practice Guidelines): Identification and Early Treatment of Influenza-Like Illness (ILI) Symptoms in the absence of a Medical Practitioner or Nurse Practitioner (November 27, 2009)

Administration of Antiviral Medication Reporting Form (PDF, 31KB)

For the latest information on Antiviral medication including administration and compounding see H1N1 for Pharmacists

Clinical Information

For information on special populations (First Nations communities, pregnant women) and public health measures seehttp://www.health.gov.bc.ca/pho/physh1n1.html

Client Information Resources

HealthLink BC provides non-emergency health information, self-care assistance and telephone triage 24/7 at www.HealthLinkBC.ca or toll-free at 8-1-1. Translation services are available through 8-1-1 on request in over 130 languages.

For Patients - Frequently Asked Questions about Antiviral Medication (PDF, 47KB) - Information from the Ministry of Health (October 8, 2009)

Oseltamivir Phosphate (Tamiflu®) for the Treatment of Influenza (PDF, 36KB) - Information for patients from the BC Centre for Disease Control