Public Health Alerts
Health alerts such as outbreaks, boil water advisories and product recalls can come from various trusted sources throughout the Province of British Columbia, in your local Health Authority area, and right across Canada. This section of our website brings together all of these alerts in one location.
If you are looking for information on Influenza (Flu), go to the In Your Area tab.
For information about Ebola, including how it spreads, what the symptoms are, and links to useful websites in B.C. and Canada, visit our Ebola Virus Disease (EVD) health feature.
We have highlighted the most recent alerts from all regions and sources in British Columbia, to ensure you have quick access to the latest public information that may affect you and your family. For food recalls, medication and product recalls, and allergy alerts issues by Government of Canada agencies, visit the Across Canada tab. For information on emergency room closures, food inspections, influenza (flu) season, and water quality advisories, visit the In Your Area tab.
The BC Centre for Disease Control and BC Ministry of Health issue province-wide public health alerts on issues that can affect the health of you and your family.
The BC Centre for Disease Control (BCCDC) is the provincial public health centre responsible for protecting and enhancing the health of all British Columbians through communicable disease prevention. Below are the current communicable disease-related public health alerts made public by the BCCDC.
The Ministry of Health works with health authorities, health care providers, agencies and other organizations to guide and improve the Province's health services to ensure that British Columbians are supported in their efforts to maintain and better their health. Below is the latest public health-related news released by the Ministry of Health.
Each of the health authorities in the Province are responsible for providing current public health information on topics such as water quality, emergency room closures, boil water advisories and more, to the people who live in that region. We have divided this section into these topics and more, with links to the health authority web page with specific information. These links will help you access the information that affects the community you live in.
Emergency Room Closure Information
- HealthLink BC - Influenza (Flu) Season
- BCCDC - Influenza (Flu) Vaccine
- ImmunizeBC - Influenza
- ImmunizeBC - Influenza Clinic Finder
- First Nations Health Authority
- Fraser Health
- Interior Health
- Island Health
- Northern Health
- Vancouver Coastal Health
Issues such as food recalls, medication and product recalls, and allergy alerts can affect more than one province in Canada. Here we have provided quick access to public health alerts made public by the Public Health Agency of Canada, Healthy Canadians and the Canadian Food Inspection Agency.
In Canada, most food recalls are coordinated by the Canadian Food Inspection Agency (CFIA). Depending on the level of risk, the CFIA will issue a warning to the public. Below are the latest recalls issued by the CFIA.
Healthy Canadians is a Government of Canada initiative that aims to keep you informed about issues related to health and safety. It is a joint initiative between Health Canada, the Public Health Agency of Canada, Transport Canada, Public Safety Canada, and the Canadian Food Inspection Agency. Healthy Canadians provides information about recalls and alerts for health products, consumer products, food, and vehicles. Below are the latest recalls and alerts provided by Healthy Canadians.
For information on advisories and warnings about health products (pain relievers, cold medicines, prescription drugs), medical devices, vaccines and natural health products please visit the Health Canada MedEffect Advisories, Warnings and Recalls web page.
The Public Health Agency of Canada (PHAC) helps to protect the health and safety of all Canadians. Its activities focus on preventing chronic diseases, preventing injuries, and responding to public health emergencies and infectious disease outbreaks. Below are the latest health updates provided by the Public Health Agency of Canada.