Eligibility for a Free Flu Shot

Eligibility for a Free Flu Shot

Influenza vaccine is the most effective method we have to prevent getting sick from influenza or passing it on to others.

Am I eligible for a free flu shot?

In British Columbia, the seasonal flu vaccine is provided free of charge to many people:

  • people 65 and older and their caregivers
  • children and adults with chronic health conditions and their household contacts
  • health care workers
  • emergency responders
  • healthy children from six months of age to less than five years old
  • Household contacts and caregivers of children from birth to less than 5 years of age
  • Pregnant women at any stage of pregnancy  
  • Residents of nursing homes and other chronic care facilities
  • Owners and operators of poultry farms
  • Aboriginal peoples
  • People who are very obese (those with a body mass index of 40 or greater)
  • Corrections officers and inmates in provincial correctional institutions.
  • Those who provide care or service in potential outbreak settings housing high risk persons (e.g. crew on ships)
  • Visitors to healthcare facilities

Visit HealthLinkBC for more information about who should get the vaccine.  

All other British Columbians are able to receive a flu vaccine for a fee. Contact your family physician or pharmacist to find out about the cost and book an appointment.

Where can I get a flu shot or nasal spray vaccine?

Nasal spray vaccine (FluMist®)

FluMist® will not be available in 2019-2020

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