Get Vaccinated to Help Fight Influenza (the flu)

Influenza - sometimes called "the flu" - spreads very easily, can affect anyone and be mild, moderate, or severe. It can also cause serious complications or death, particularly in vulnerable people, including hospital or residential care patients. You can spread influenza for 24 hours before you have any symptoms, so you can pass the influenza virus on to your family and friends before you even know you are sick.

The most effective way to prevent the spread of influenza is by getting immunized against influenza each year, staying home when sick, and washing your hands regularly. There are many locations across the province – including at pharmacies, public health units and doctors' offices - where you can get vaccinated. To find a location, search the ImmunizeBC's Influenza Clinic Finder. For more information on the influenza vaccine, visit ImmunizeBC.

Are you planning on visiting someone in hospital or a long-term care facility? Help protect them from influenza. See our frequently asked questions (PDF, 105KB) for more information.

Who is eligible for the free vaccine?

This fall and winter, everyone in British Columbia who is six months of age or older can get the influenza vaccine free of charge. 

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Rick Mercer: Rick's Rant - Flu Shot

 

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Learn more about influenza control strategies and policies in your health authority:

Learn more about influenza from the following BC Healthfiles: