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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.

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Facts about Influenza (Flu)

Information from HealthLink BC

20 Sep, 2019

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Why Seniors Should Get the Inactivated Influenza (Flu) Vaccine

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20 Sep, 2019

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Influenza (Flu) immunization: Myths & Facts

Information from HealthLink BC

20 Sep, 2019

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Find a Flu Clinic

Flu clinics offered in Vancouver Coastal Health Authority (2019-2020 season)

20 Sep, 2019

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Inactivated Influenza (Flu) Vaccine

Information from HealthLink BC

19 Sep, 2019

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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

See the complete list of people eligible for the free inactivated influenza vaccine.

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.
Find A Flu Clinic

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.

Fluzone® and Flulaval Tetra® are available for children in BC (2019-2020 flu season). If these are not available, [add language from Quick Ref]

Flumist® is not available this year.

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