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.
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:
People able to transmit or spread influenza to those at high risk of serious illness from influenza including:
Other groups who are also eligible to receive the flu shot for free include:
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.