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Last updated: October 24, 2022
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Protect yourself from respiratory diseases every fall
Influenza is a contagious respiratory disease caused by influenza viruses that sometimes infect the nose, throat and lungs. It can cause mild to severe illness, and sometimes it can even lead to death.
The best way to prevent the flu is to get a flu shot every year.
Everyone 6 months of age and older needs a flu shot
Anyone in British Columbia 6 months of age and older can get Free The flu vaccine. It comes as a syringe in your arm or as a spray that you breathe through your nose. It is especially important if you:
- Less than 5 years old or over 65 years old
- Living in long-term care or assisted living
- Immunodeficiency or chronic disease
Improved vaccines are available for the elderly
To help create a stronger immune response, improved vaccines are available for people 65 and older.
BGet an appointment for the flu vaccine
You can book your flu vaccine through the Get Vaccinated System, the same system you used to book COVID-19 vaccine appointments.
Wait for your notification
If you received a dose of the COVID-19 vaccine in British Columbia, you are already enrolled in the Get Vaccinated Scheme. No action is required. We’ll send you an email or SMS 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 flu shot and the COVID-19 booster vaccine at the same time at pharmacies or health authority clinics.
This year, most people in British Columbia are eligible to get the flu vaccine and the COVID-19 booster at the same time. If you have not received a notification, contact us.
If you can’t find your booking link, you can get a new link.
If you prefer to get your COVID-19 booster and flu shot on different days, Choose the vaccine you want to get first and book that vaccine now.
At your appointment, you still have the option to order your vaccination to get the other vaccine (based on your eligibility and vaccine supply).
When your first appointment is complete, the system will then allow you to book your next appointment.
Use the booking link in your email or SMS to book an appointment.
Some pharmacies and clinics can provide immediate appointments for vaccinations. Availability is not guaranteed.
Appointments for children
To book your child’s vaccination appointments, they must also be registered with the Get Vaccinated System. You only need to register them once.
You will receive a notification from the Get Vaccinated system when the time is right Reserve a flu vaccination for your child.
- It is safe for your child to get the flu shot at the same time as other vaccinations
- Children from 2 to 17 years old can have a nasal spray if they wish
The vaccine is usually given in a single dose. Children younger than 9 years old who have never received a flu shot need two doses. The second dose is important to raise the level of protection. Your child will receive a notification to get their second dose of Get Vaccinated.
i need help
Online registration To register online, a Personal Health Number (PHN) is required.
If you do not have a PHN, you need to register by phone. A PHN will be generated for you.
If you still have questions about immunization in BC, see your doctor or health care provider.
If you do not have a family doctor, call 811.