Influenza (flu) vaccine
It's important to get your flu vaccine to protect yourself during the fall and winter.
Last updated: November 7, 2023
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- Flu is causing serious illness in children
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Flu is a contagious respiratory illness caused by influenza viruses that infect the nose, throat, and sometimes the lungs. It can cause mild to severe illness, and at times can lead to death. The best way to prevent flu is by getting a flu vaccine each year.
Everyone 6 months and older can get a flu vaccine
All B.C. residents 6 months and older can get a free flu vaccine in the fall and winter.
It's especially important to get a flu vaccine if you're:
- Under 5 years or over 65 years
- Living in long-term care or assisted living
- Immunocompromised or have a chronic illness
Enhanced vaccines are available for seniors
To help create a stronger immune response, enhanced vaccines are available for people 65 years and older.
The best way to get a flu vaccine is to book an appointment.
Everyone 6 months and older can get an influenza (flu) and updated COVID-19 vaccine at the same time. Invitations have now been sent by email or text message to all people registered in the Get Vaccinated system. The invite includes a direct link to book an appointment to receive your COVID-19 vaccine, your influenza vaccine, or both, depending on when you received your last dose.
Younger children are at higher risk from respiratory illnesses like flu. To prevent serious illness, get your child immunized every year.
It's safe for your child to get their flu vaccine at the same time as other vaccines.
The vaccine is usually given as 1 dose. Children under 9 who have never had a flu vaccine need 2 doses. The second dose is important to raise their level of protection.
I want my child to get a flu vaccine
You have multiple options to get a flu vaccine for your child in the fall and winter.
- Book an appointment at a health authority clinic or pharmacy
- Book an appointment with your primary health care provider, if they offer flu shots
I've never registered with the provincial Get Vaccinated system
I need personal health information and advice
Call: 1-833-838-23237 days a week, 7 am to 7 pm. Statutory holidays 9 am to 5 pm. Translators are available.
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Video Relay Services (VRS) sign language interpretation is free for people who are deaf, hard of hearing or speech-impaired.
You can book a flu vaccine at a pharmacy for a fee.