Flu vaccines are free for everyone over the age of 6 months. It is important to get the flu shot to protect yourself during the fall and winter.
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Last updated: October 24, 2022
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Protect yourself from respiratory diseases every autumn
Influenza (influenza) is an infectious respiratory disease caused by influenza viruses that infect the nose, throat, and sometimes the lungs. It can cause mild to severe illness and can sometimes lead to death.
The best way to prevent the flu is to get a flu shot every year.
The flu vaccine is required for everyone over 6 months of age
Everyone in BC 6 months and older can get a free flu vaccine. It comes as a shot in the hand or in a spray that you inhale through your nose. It is especially important if you:
- Under 5 years or over 65 years
- Living in long-term care or assisted living
- Immunocompromised or have a chronic illness
Booster vaccines are available for the elderly
To create a stronger immune response, improved vaccines are available for people over 65 years of age.
Bok your flu shot appointment
You can book your flu shot through the Get Vaccinated system, the same system you used to book your COVID-19 vaccination appointments.
Wait for your notification
If you have received a dose of the COVID-19 vaccine in BC, you are already registered with the Get Vaccinated system. No action is required. We’ll send you an email or text when it’s time to book your next appointment.
We encourage most people to get their flu shot before the end of November.
You can get the COVID-19 booster shot and the flu shot at the same time at pharmacies or healthcare facilities.
This year, most people in BC are eligible for the flu shot and the COVID-19 vaccine at the same time. If you did not receive a notification, please contact us.
I want my COVID-19 booster and flu shot at the same time
Use the booking link in an email or SMS text to make an appointment to get both vaccines at the same time.
If you can’t find your booking link, you can get a new one.
Currently, the vaccination system does not allow you to schedule two different vaccination appointments. You can only do one at a time.
If you prefer to get your COVID-19 booster and flu shot on different days, choose which vaccine you want to get first and book it now.
At your appointment, you still have the option to request another vaccine from your immunizer (based on your eligibility and vaccine quantity).
Once your first appointment is complete, the system will allow you to book your next appointment.
Use the booking link in your email text or SMS to book an appointment.
Some pharmacies and clinics can provide vaccination appointments. Availability is not guaranteed.
Meetings for children
In order to schedule your child’s vaccination appointments, they also need to be registered in the Get Vaccinated system. You only need to register them once.
You will receive a notification from the Vaccination system when it is time book your child’s flu shot.
- It is safe for your child to get the flu shot at the same time as other vaccines
- Children aged 2 to 17 can get a nasal spray if they want
The vaccine is usually given as 1 dose. Children younger than 9 who have never received the flu vaccine need 2 doses. The second dose is important to raise the level of their protection. Your child will be notified to receive another dose from the Get Vaccinate system.
I need help
Register online To register online you must provide your Personal Health Number (PHN).
If you do not have a PHN, you need to register by phone. A PHN will be created for you.
If you still have questions about immunizations in BC, consult your doctor or health care provider.
If you don’t have a family doctor, call 811.