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Flu shots & flu clinics

Do your part to stop the spread of germs. Get your flu shot.

This year’s flu shot for adults will protect you against three strains of influenza viruses specified by the World Health Organization: A/California/7/2009 (h1N1)pdm09-like virus, A/Hong Kong/4801/2014 (H3N2), and B/Brisbane/60/2008. Children will also be protected against a fourth strain - B/Phuket/3073/2013-like virus.

Where can I get a flu shot?

  • With your family doctor
  • At a walk-in clinic
  • With your pharmacist
  • VCH Public Health clinic

Who can get a free seasonal flu shot?

  • People 65 years and older and their caregivers/household contacts
  • Residents of nursing homes and other chronic care facilities
  • Children and adults with chronic health conditions, including obesity, and their household contacts
  • Children and adolescents (six months to 18 years) with conditions treated for long periods of time with acetylsalicylic acid, and their household contacts
  • Healthy children age six months to five years of age
  • Household contacts and caregivers of infants age zero to 59 months
  • Aboriginal peoples (on and off reserve)
  • All pregnant women and their household contacts
  • Health care and other care providers in facilities and community settings who are capable of transmitting influenza to those at high risk of influenza complications
  • People who provide essential services including first responders and correction officers
  • People who work with live poultry
  • People planning to visit loved ones in a health care facility or who will take family members to outpatient appointments

Protecting children from the flu

There are several options for children: most vaccines are available as a shot and one is given as a nasal spray called FluMist. FluMist is available in a limited  number of doses, and is available at some doctors’ offices and VCH Public Health clinics. Call ahead to your local clinic to check availability. The injectable flu vaccines offer excellent protection. Please do not delay immunizing children.

Have an egg allergy?

Since 2013 anyone with egg allergies, even severe allergies, can safely have a flu shot. And new this year, it is now safe for anyone with egg allergies to have FluMist. 

More resources

  • Looking for general information about the flu? Visit our Flu (Influenza) health topics page.
  • For details about flu vaccines in English, Chinese, Farsi, French, Punjabi, Spanish and Vietnamese, visit HealthLink BC
  • Hand washing is the best way to stop the spread of infections. See our Immunizations page for hand washing posters and other flu (influenza) resources.
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