Get the SHOT.
Not the FLU!
We are currently booking appointments for Flu vaccination.
Pharmacists in BC can administer the vaccination to ages 5 and over.
Please note that you would be able to book appointments depending on the stock availability. If vaccine is out of stock you would be directed to the waitlist and we would notify you when available. Please make sure you finish the BCPhA Flu screening and the Covid-19 pre-screening form prior to your appointment. We request you to come on time and not very early as we are trying to maintain social distance.
Eligibility criteria to qualify for Free Flu vaccine
1. People at high risk:
o People aged 65 years and older
o People of any age who are residents of long-term care facilities
o Adults (including pregnant women) and children with Cardiac or pulmonary disorders (e.g. cystic fibrosis, asthma)
o Diabetes and other metabolic diseases
o Cancer; immunodeficiency (including [HIV] infection); immunosuppression due to underlying disease or therapy (e.g., severe rheumatoid arthritis requiring immunosuppressive therapies)
o Chronic kidney disease
o Chronic liver disease, including hepatitis C
o Anemia and hemoglobinopathy
o Conditions that compromise the management of respiratory secretions and are associated with an increased risk of aspiration (e.g., cognitive dysfunction, spinal cord injury, seizure disorder, and neuromuscular disorders)
o Children and adolescents (5 to 18 years of age) with conditions treated for long periods with acetylsalicylic acid
o Children and adults who are morbidly obese (adult BMI ≥ 40; child BMI assessed as ≥ 95th percentile adjusted for age and sex)
o Indigenous peoples (on and off reserve)
o Healthy children 6 to 59 months of age
o Pregnant women at any stage of pregnancy during the influenza season (typically spanning Nov-Apr)
o Inmates of provincial correctional institutions
o People working with live poultry (Immunization may reduce the potential for human-avian re-assortment of genes should such workers become co-infected with human and avian influenza.)
2. People capable of transmitting influenza to those at high risk:
o All health care workers (including all health authority staff, accredited physicians and residents, volunteers, students, contractors, and vendors) who come into contact with patients at health care facilities including long-term care facilities.
o Independent health care practitioners and their staff in community settings.
o Visitors to health care facilities and other patient care locations
o Household contacts (including children) of people at high risk whether or not they have been immunized
o Those who provide care and/or service in potential outbreak settings housing high risk persons (e.g. ship crews)
o Household contacts of healthy children 0 to 59 months of age
o Those providing regular child care to children 0 to 59 months of age, whether in or out of the home
3. People who provide essential community services:
o First responders: police, fire fighters, ambulance, Corrections workers etc.