Who Should Receive a Flu Vaccine

Who Should Receive a Free Flu Vaccine

Who should receive a flu vaccine?

People at high risk: 

  • 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: 

  • 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)

People who provide essential community services: 

  • First responders: police, fire fighters, ambulance 
  • Corrections workers 

Anyone else who wishes to reduce their risk of influenza:

  • This flu season everyone 6 months and older is eligible for a free flu vaccine

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