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.
Nasal spray vaccine (FluMist®)
FluMist® will not be available in 2019-2020