Influenza (flu) vaccine is now available to those living across the Vancouver Coastal Health (VCH) region. Public Health is urging the public to make it a priority to get immunized against influenza in the weeks ahead, particularly those at higher risk from infection.
In B.C., everyone six months and older is recommended to get an annual influenza vaccine, especially those at greatest risk from infection including:
- children under five years
- adults 65 years and older
- pregnant people
- those with chronic health conditions
This year, there are a number of options of where you can get vaccinated. VCH COVID-19 booster clinics are also serving as influenza clinics, along with community pharmacies and physician and nurse practitioner offices.
VCH clinics and pharmacies: To secure an appointment ahead of time, those registered in the GetVaccinated system will receive a notification to book their influenza appointment through this platform. Alternatively, people can phone the provincial call centre to book (toll-free) at: 1.833.838.2323.
It is safe to receive both your COVID-19 fall booster and your flu shot during the same appointment or at any time period between the two if you are eligible for both. This is an efficient way of ensuring you have protection against both viruses ahead of respiratory season.
Single appointments that include a COVID-19 booster and/or influenza vaccine are available through the GetVaccinated system. Booking two separate appointments online for the two vaccines is not yet feasible; please call the provincial call centre to make arrangements for the second shot.
If you are not yet eligible for your COVID-19 fall booster, public health advises you not to wait to get vaccinated against influenza. A flu shot offers important protection against serious illness.
While limited walk-in appointments may be available in select pharmacies and VCH operated clinics based on capacity and vaccine availability, VCH strongly recommends the public plan ahead and book an appointment when possible.
If you are looking for further information about B.C.'s influenza vaccination campaign, visit the Government of B.C.'s website. You can also speak to your family doctor or nurse practitioner, or call 8-1-1 for free healthcare guidance.