Please take precautions if you have signs or symptoms of the virus
There have been several outbreaks of norovirus infections at VCH facilities, in the community and region, and at other health authorities over the past few weeks.
What is Norovirus? Norovirus, previously known as Norwalk virus, is contagious virus that causes gastroenteritis or inflammation of the stomach and intestines.
Norovirus can't be prevented with the flu shot Even though norovirus is often referred to as “stomach flu”, it has nothing to do with influenza, a respiratory illness, and cannot be prevented by vaccination.
Can I still visit a VCH hospital or clinic?Yes, all Vancouver Coastal Health facilities remain open, although some areas may be temporarily closed to admissions. If you have an appointment at one of our sites, please attend as scheduled unless advised otherwise.
If you are visiting any health care facility, remember to wash your hands frequently.
Do not visit any facility if you have any symptoms of the illness.
If you visit a unit experiencing an outbreak, do not visit any other areas in the facility after leaving the unit, in order to prevent the possible spread of the illness.
What are the symptoms of norovirus and what should I do if I have them?Visit the Norovirus page of this site or visit HealthLinkBC’s interactive health symptom checker.