Information on this page is for Community Vaccine Providers (CVPs) within Island Health.
- Planning Influenza Clinics for Primary Care Providers
- Immunization Information for Healthcare Professionals
- Influenza Disease & Immunizations Courses for Health Professionals
- Medical Health Officers Newsletter
- Influenza Vaccine Eligibility Criteria
- Reporting Adverse Events
Influenza Vaccine Products
|Quadrivalent Live Attenuated Influenza Vaccine|
Indications: individuals 2-17 years of age
|Quadrivalent Inactivated Influenza Vaccines|
Indications: individuals 6 months of age and older
|FLUZONE®||Indications: individuals 6 months of age and older||Multi-dose vial or pre-filled syringe|
|AFLURIA®||Indications: individuals 5 years of age and older||Multi-dose vial|
Indications: Individuals ≥65 years and living in long term care and assisted living facilities or living in First Nations communities
May be available for purchase at local pharmacies for individuals who do not qualify for a publicly funded dose (as described in bullet above)
FLULAVAL® and AFLURIA®: once punctured, multi-dose vials must be used within 28 days
FLUZONE®: once punctured, multi-dose vials stored between +2°C to +8°C can be used up to the expiry date on the label
Pre-filled syringes take up approximately 10x more fridge space than multi-dose vials and do not come with needles
Ordering Influenza Vaccine
- First Order: only request anticipated vaccine doses needed for the first two weeks
- Subsequent Orders: place as needed, doses on hand must be recorded on the vaccine order form. Public Health is not responsible to follow-up with providers who place incomplete orders. Order forms with incomplete information including doses on hand will result in orders not being filled.
Vaccine Expected for Ordering week of October 4th (Anticipated Distribution week of October 12th)
- FluLaval®, FluMist®, FluZone®
- FluZone HD® (only for providers administering to individuals 65 years of age and older who live in long-term care facilities, assisted living facilities or First Nations communities)
Vaccine Expected for Ordering week of November 1st (Anticipated Distribution week of November 8th)
Health Unit Distribution Plan
- Vaccine will be distributed in an equitable, timely and reasonable manner to all providers
- Public Health receives regular shipments of influenza vaccine from BCCDC between Oct-Dec. These shipments arrive with an initial shipment of approximately 50% of the overall allotment for all providers followed by smaller allotments in subsequent weeks. Community vaccine providers can expect their flu vaccine to be allocated and distributed in the same way.
- If holding a large flu clinic, include the details on the vaccine order form including the clinic date and expected doses needed.
- Influenza vaccine will be distributed based on available supply. If an ordered vaccine is no longer available, an equivalent product will be supplied.
- If no vaccine product is available or a substitution is not acceptable, orders will not be back-filled. Submit another order for additional vaccine or a different available product.
Influenza Reporting and Recording Forms
Report of Publicly Funded Influenza Immunization: Children 6 months to 18 years
Fax completed form to local health unit weekly
Report of Publicly Funded Influenza Immunization - Physicians and Other Vaccine Providers
Fax completed form to local health unit by January 7, 2022
Influenza Recording Sheet: Adults (19 years and older)
Recording Sheet for CVP use only. Do not send to local health unit