2021-2022 Seasonal Influenza Campaign
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What is influenza?

Influenza, often called the flu, is a serious and contagious respiratory infection that can lead to hospitalization, and death in severe cases. The infection spreads when a person comes into contact with droplets from an infected person who coughs or sneezes. Symptoms of influenza may include fever, aches, fatigue, headaches, muscle pain, a runny nose, sore throat and cough. 

Visit healthlink.ca to find out more about influenza.

 

Where can I get a flu shot?

Visit the Immunize BC Influenza Clinic Locator to find an influenza immunization provider offering flu shot appointments near you. Healthy adults are encouraged to get their flu shot from a local pharmacy, health-care provider or First Nation community health nurse, where possible.

Our public health immunization clinics are now by appointment only. We have limited appointments and will prioritize:

  • Children 12 and under and their immediate family members
  • Those with pre-existing health conditions

Please visit BCCDC’s website for the 2021/2022 Seasonal Influenza Vaccine Eligibility. Call your local health centre for more information or to book an appointment. 


How can I protect myself?

Protect yourself and your loved ones against influenza by getting your flu shot and preventing the spread of germs. It’s important that those who have loved ones that are most at risk of complications from influenza get vaccinated. This will help to build a wall of protection around your loved one and reduce their chances of acquiring influenza illness. Getting a flu shot provides immunity for your community too!

The people at the greatest risk of influenza-related complications are adults and children with pre-existing health conditions, residents of community care homes and other chronic care facilities, people 65 years of age and older, children under 60 months of age, pregnant women and Aboriginal peoples. Visit BCCDC’s website for the 2021/2022 Seasonal Influenza Vaccine Eligibility recommendations for a complete list.

It’s important to get a flu shot every year because influenza viruses change every year! Each year the vaccine is updated to include the current viruses that are expected to be in our communities.

The flu shot offers protection against different strains of influenza viruses (A & B). The flu shot strains include two influenza A viruses and two influenza B virus. The four strains included in this year’s flu shot are:

  • A/Victoria/2570/2019 (H1N1)pdm09-like virus
  • A/Cambodia/e0826360/2020 (H3N2)-like virus
  • B/Washington/02/2019-like virus
  • B/Phuket/3073/2013-like virus


 Who should get vaccinated against the flu?

Everybody! Flu shots are safe, easy to get, and free for those at risk and their household contacts!
For a list of those recommended to receive free flu shots, visit BCCDC’s website for the 2021/22 Seasonal Influenza Vaccine Eligibility recommendations.​

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