Get Flu Protection

Get Flu Protection

Influenza or "flu" is an infection of the nose, throat and lungs caused by a virus. It can cause serious illness and even death. Your best defence is to get your flu shot every year.

The 2018-2019 Flu season is now over. See you in September!

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Who can get a free seasonal flu shot?

Many people can get their annual flu shot for free. To find out if you are eligible, talk to your health care provider or call HealthLink BC at 8-1-1. Some employers also provide free vaccine to employees.

People at high risk of serious illness from influenza, such as:

  • Pregnant women at any stage of pregnancy
  • Children under 5 years of age
  • People 65+ years of age
  • People with weakened immune systems or have underlying health conditions such as chronic diseases, asthma and respiratory diseases
  • Aboriginal Peoples (on and off reserve)

People able to transmit or spread influenza to those at high risk of serious illness from influenza including:

  • Health care workers & care providers
  • Household contacts
  • Visitors to health care facility and other patient locations

Other groups who are also eligible to receive the flu shot for free include:

  • First responders such as police, fire fighters, and ambulance attendants
  • Corrections workers
  • Farmers and other people who work with live poultry

There are two types of influenza vaccines. See the complete list of people eligible for the free inactivated influenza vaccine (general public) and the live attenuated influenza vaccine (for vulnerable children).

Where can I get a flu shot?

  1. At a VCH Public Health clinic.
    Please see details on each clinic as some are on a drop-in basis and others are by appointment.
  2. With your family physician.
  3. At a walk-in or travel clinic.
  4. At a pharmacist. For clinics at pharmacies, use ImmunizeBC's clinic finder.
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FAQs about the flu

Yes. Many studies have shown that people who receive the flu shot are better protected against seasonal influenza than those who are not vaccinated.

No. Most vaccines do not even contain the live virus. In rare cases, it can cause respiratory symptoms but it’s still better than getting the illness.

Yes. Vaccines contain minute quantities of ovalbumin that will not cause an allergic reaction.

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