Do your part to stop the spread of germs. Get your flu shot.
This year’s flu shot will give you protection against three strains of influenza viruses specified by the World Health Organization: A/California/7/2009 (h1N1)pdm09-like virus, A/Switzerland/9715293/2013 (h3N2)-like virus, B/Phuket/3073/2013-like virus (Yamagata lineage). Children will also be protected against a fourth strain - B/Brisbane/60/2008-like virus.
Where can I get a flu shot?
You can book an appointment:
- 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 are also eligible for a free flu shot.
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.
Visitors to our health care facilities
Beginning December 1, 2015, through March 31, 2016, all visitors must have had their flu shot or wear a mask. This will help protect your loved ones – the people you are visiting – from getting a potentially serious illness.
Flu shots for visitors are free and can be obtained at your family doctor, VCH flu clinics, walk-in clinics; or pharmacies. People planning to visit loved ones in a health care facility or who will take family members to outpatient appointments are also eligible for a free flu shot.
Masks are available at nursing stations, outpatient reception desks and/or the main entrances of our facilities.
Looking for general information about the flu?
Visit our Communicable Diseases - Influenza page.
For details about flu vaccines in English, Chinese, Farsi, French, Punjabi, Spanish and Vietnamese, visit the HealthLinkBC site.
Resources Hand washing is the best way to stop the spread of infections. See Communicable Diseases - Educational Materials for hand washing posters and other influenza resources.