About This Year's Flu Vaccine

About This Year's Flu Vaccine

The influenza vaccine changes annually. Learn what is in the 2020-21 flu vaccine, about the 2020-21 vaccine strains.

It is safe to get immunized during the pandemic. Flu clinics follow all provincial recommendations for physical distancing, enhanced cleaning and screening for symptoms.  

Immunization is the best protection against the flu. Continue to wash your hands frequently, stay home when sick, maintain a safe physical distance or wear a non-medical face covering to reduce respiratory illnesses, including COVID-19.

What flu vaccine is available and where can I get it?

Pharmacists and primary care providers are able to provide the following products to people eligible for the free flu vaccine. Providers may not have all products available. Call ahead to confirm vaccine availability:

  • Fluviral (ages 18+)
  • Agriflu (ages 18+)
  • FluMist (nasal spray, ages 2-17 years at participating sites)
  • FluLaval (6 months to 17 years, pharmacists can provide this product to children ages 5+)
  • FluZone Quadrivalent (6 months to 17 years, pharmacists can provide this product to children ages 5+)
  • Fluad (ages 65+)

For flu clinics near you, visit islandfluclinics.ca/community

Public health flu clinics may provide the following products to people eligible for the free flu vaccine. However, specific products cannot be guaranteed as availability changes throughout the flu season: 

  • Fluviral (ages 18+)
  • Agriflu (ages 18+)
  • FluMist (nasal spray, ages 2-17 years at participating sites)
  • FluLaval (6 months to 17 years, pharmacists can provide this product to children ages 5+)

Fluzone High-dose is only available at long-term care and assisted living sites.

Inactivated influenza (flu) vaccine: The inactivated flu vaccine is made of killed influenza viruses. It is approved for anyone six months and older. The inactivated influenza vaccine or flu shot is given by injection.

Live attenuated influenza (flu) vaccine: The live attenuated influenza vaccine (Flumist®) is made from weakened influenza viruses. It is given as an intranasal spray into both nostrils. It is intended for eligible individuals aged 2 to 17 (inclusive).

Learn how to get the flu vaccine

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