Flu & Immunization Services

We provide routine immunizations and flu shots to specific populations, distribute vaccines to community providers, monitor vaccine safety, and track disease diagnoses.

Immunization services for children

It is safe for children to be immunized during the COVID-19 pandemic. Public health units are following all provincial recommendations for physical distancing, enhanced cleaning, and screening for symptoms.

Public health nurses provide immunizations for children 18 and under for selected vaccine-preventable diseases. For an appointment, contact your local public health unit.

Children ages five and over may be immunized by their family doctor or a local pharmacist. Call ahead for vaccine availability.

Immunization services for adults and seniors

Adults and seniors may get up-to-date immunizations from their family doctor, pharmacist, at a travel clinic, and in some communities at their local public health unit. Call ahead for vaccine availability. If you need to be immunized for work, check with your employer to find out where you should receive immunizations. 

Health units in larger urban centres, such as Victoria and Nanaimo, are unable to provide routine vaccines to health people aged 19 and older because of limited capacity. Please contact your local pharmacy, family doctor or travel clinic to ask about immunization availability. 

Chronic health conditions

Individuals with chronic health conditions, such as chronic kidney disease, bone marrow or solid organ transplant, or immunosuppression, may be eligible for additional vaccines that can be given at a local public health unit.

Flu shots

The flu vaccine will be available in early October. Learn how to get the flu shot, eligibility and more.

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