The Flu (Influenza)

Seasonal influenza, often called the flu, is a serious infectious and contagious respiratory illness. You can spread the flu 24 hours before showing any symptoms and five days after symptoms begin. Learn more about Influenza

This flu season everyone 6 months and older is eligible for a free influenza (flu) vaccine in B.C. Flu vaccines are available through public health immunization clinics, community pharmacies and other community partners. Appointments for public health and pharmacy clinics are available through the Get Vaccinated system starting early October 2022. Some primary care providers will have a very limited supply of vaccine in late October for individuals who may have difficulty accessing a community clinic. 

Immunization is the best protection against the flu. Getting a flu vaccine is particularly important this year, not only for preventing influenza but also to stay healthy while COVID-19 continues to circulate in our communities. Continue to wash your hands frequently, stay home when you are sick and follow provincial prevention guidelines (applicable to both flu and COVID-19). 

As part of this year’s campaign, people can get their flu vaccine at the same time as their COVID-19 booster in most locations. COVID-19 vaccines can be safely given at the same time or any time before or after any other live or inactivated vaccines – including the flu vaccine.

This year’s influenza vaccine contains strains that have changed from last year’s vaccine. 

Information on this page is for Community and Indigenous Vaccine Providers (CVPs) within Island Health, excluding community pharmacists.

Information on this page is for staff who work at long-term care or assisted living facilities located within Island Health.

Protect yourself and your loved ones by getting a flu shot.

This flu season everyone six months and older is eligible for a free flu vaccine.