Who is Eligible for a Free Flu Vaccine

Eligibility for a Free Flu Shot

Who is eligible for a free flu vaccine?

This year, influenza vaccination is free of charge for everyone in BC six months and older.

Vaccination is especially important for people who are at high risk of serious illness from influenza:

  • 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 

Vaccination is also especially important for those able to transmit or spread influenza to people at high risk: 

  • 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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