Island Health

Six-year-old Joseph Salverda gets his first flu shot at a child health clinic in Saanich. (Keili Bartlett/News staff)

Time to get flu shots is now, says Island Health

Children, seniors and people with medical conditions most at-risk of suffering from influenza

Six-year-old Joseph Salverda gets his first flu shot at a child health clinic in Saanich. (Keili Bartlett/News staff)
Island Health encourages sexual assault survivors to #TrustYourself

Island Health encourages sexual assault survivors to #TrustYourself

New social media campaign urges survivors of sexual assault to seek medical care

Island Health encourages sexual assault survivors to #TrustYourself
News of an investigation involving one or more Victoria area care homes has been confirmed by the Hospital Employees Union, but neither Island Health or VicPD have publicly stated a probe is taking place. iStock

Details scarce as union confirms probe underway involving Victoria care homes

Island Health, VicPD offer no comment on report of investigation into alleged sexual assaults

News of an investigation involving one or more Victoria area care homes has been confirmed by the Hospital Employees Union, but neither Island Health or VicPD have publicly stated a probe is taking place. iStock
Langford Lake main beach closed due to poor water quality

Langford Lake main beach closed due to poor water quality

High levels of E. coli detected in sampling

Langford Lake main beach closed due to poor water quality
Deadly mushroom spotted in Greater Victoria

Deadly mushroom spotted in Greater Victoria

Early return of death cap mushrooms prompts Island Health warning

Deadly mushroom spotted in Greater Victoria
Island Health has released five steps to stay safe when taking drugs at festivals this season. (Gazette file photo)

Island Health urging safe drug use at festivals

Five tips offered to stay safe

  • Jul 13, 2018
Island Health has released five steps to stay safe when taking drugs at festivals this season. (Gazette file photo)
Island Health to offer free CPR training in Victoria

Island Health to offer free CPR training in Victoria

Medical experts, cardiac arrest survivors will train participants how to help in an emergency

Island Health to offer free CPR training in Victoria
VIHA has granted contracts to two community-based organizations for the Island’s first approved supervised consumption service slated to open at 914 Pandora Ave. in late April. Kristyn Anthony/VICTORIA NEWS

Island Health grants contracts for Victoria’s first approved supervised consumption service

SOLID and Lookout Housing and Health societies to provide harm reduction services

VIHA has granted contracts to two community-based organizations for the Island’s first approved supervised consumption service slated to open at 914 Pandora Ave. in late April. Kristyn Anthony/VICTORIA NEWS
While Greater Victoria is close to the end of flu season, there’s a chance another batch of cases may be seen in the next month or so. Black Press files

Worst is over, but flu bugs could linger around Victoria

Unusual season saw both influenza A and B strains experienced in region

While Greater Victoria is close to the end of flu season, there’s a chance another batch of cases may be seen in the next month or so. Black Press files
While much work is being done around downtown Victoria to clean up and dispose of discarded hypodermic needles, more can always be done to step up vigilance in the name of public safety. Black Press file photo

EDITORIAL: Extra vigilance in downtown Victoria drug area can’t hurt

Needle prick incidents may be a byproduct of permissive action aimed at saving lives

  • Jan 17, 2018
While much work is being done around downtown Victoria to clean up and dispose of discarded hypodermic needles, more can always be done to step up vigilance in the name of public safety. Black Press file photo
Three Victoria needle-prick incidents in the past week affecting unsuspecting members of the public led Island Health to call a meeting for this week with various downtown service providers and harm reduction operators. The hope is to find ways of reducing the number of needles found in public spaces. File photo

UPDATE: Island Health says no need for alarm over needle prick incidents in Victoria

Briefing followed meeting between Island Health, downtown service providers

Three Victoria needle-prick incidents in the past week affecting unsuspecting members of the public led Island Health to call a meeting for this week with various downtown service providers and harm reduction operators. The hope is to find ways of reducing the number of needles found in public spaces. File photo
Anna Kebaien, who serves as a liaison to the outreach team at Our Place Society, demonstrates how to use a fentanyl test strip at the facility’s onsite overdose prevention site. Kristyn Anthony/VICTORIA NEWS

Fentanyl test strips now available on the Island

Program piloted in Vancouver, resulted in reduction in overdoses

Anna Kebaien, who serves as a liaison to the outreach team at Our Place Society, demonstrates how to use a fentanyl test strip at the facility’s onsite overdose prevention site. Kristyn Anthony/VICTORIA NEWS
Island Health is encouraging the public to get their annual flu shot. (File photo)

Flu shots are now available in Greater Victoria

Pharmacies and public health units now offering 2017-18 vaccine

Island Health is encouraging the public to get their annual flu shot. (File photo)
Crowds gather for a musical performance at the Tall Trees Music Festival. One Victoria reader believes Island Health, which has a plan in place for helping prevent overdoses at such events, is in fact condoning drug use. Photo courtesy of Tall Trees Music Festival

Island Health message in editorial makes little sense to News reader

Victoria News piece seems to condone drug use

  • Aug 15, 2017
Crowds gather for a musical performance at the Tall Trees Music Festival. One Victoria reader believes Island Health, which has a plan in place for helping prevent overdoses at such events, is in fact condoning drug use. Photo courtesy of Tall Trees Music Festival