Who is Eligible for a Free Flu Vaccine

Eligibility for a Free Flu Shot

Who is eligible for a free flu vaccine?

Please note that in 2021-22, everyone aged six months and older is eligible for a free flu vaccine (universal eligibility).

Those at increased risk from influenza include the following:

  • People aged 65 years and over 
  • Healthy children 6 – 59 months (less than 5 years old) 
  • Pregnant women at any stage of pregnancy 
  • Indigenous peoples 
  • Residents of long-term care facilities 
  • Adults (including pregnant women) and children with certain chronic health conditions 
  • Children and adolescents (6 months to 18 years of age) with conditions treated for long periods with acetylsalicylic acid 
  • Adults and children who are morbidly obese (BMI of 40 or greater) 
  • Inmates of provincial correctional institutions 
  • People working with live poultry 

People capable of transmitting influenza to those at high risk include: 

  • All health care workers 
  • Visitors to health care facilities and other patient care locations
  • Household contacts (including children) of people at high risk 
  • Household contacts and child care providers of healthy children 0-59 months (less than 5 years old) 
  • Those who provide care or service in potential outbreak settings housing high risk persons (e.g. crew on ships)
  • First responders: police, fire fighters, ambulance 
  • Corrections workers 

Questions about the flu vaccine?

Call one of our telephone hotlines:

  • Comox Valley: 250-331-8599 
  • Campbell River: 250-850-2120 
  • Mt. Waddington: 250-902-6079     
  • Parksville: 250-947-8242 then press 1, then press 8
  • South Island: 250-544-7676 five-digit local 27545
  • For all other communities, contact your local Public Health Unit

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