A pandemic is an infectious disease or condition attacking a large portion of the population in different parts of the world at the same time.

Preparedness Tips

Take common sense precautions to prevent the spread of germs and practice good health habits.

  • Wash your hands regularly with warm, soapy water for at least 20 seconds.
  • Cough and sneeze into a tissue or your sleeve to avoid contaminating your hands or spreading the virus through infected droplets.
  • Throw away used tissues promptly.
  • Frequently clean and disinfect household surfaces such as door handles and light switches that may have been contaminated.
  • Get a flu shot

Additional Resources

HealthLink BC provides reliable non-emergency health information and advice in British Columbia. Call 811 toll-free in BC, or 711 for the deaf and hard of hearing.

BC Centre for Disease Control provides provincial and national leadership in public health through surveillance, detection, prevention and consultation.

BC's Pandemic Influenza Response Plan (2012) shows how to care for yourself and the people you care about.

Island Health provides information about heath care services in your community.