Considering the limited availability, at least in the beginning, of the flu vaccines for the current season, they will delivered through organized, pre-booked clinics, and NOT in association with a regular visit. We have posted below the current schedule for the upcoming flu clinics. Please call to book or book online. The appointments are offered to individuals who qualify for free vaccines, as per current provincial regulations (please see below*). Our clinic DOES NOT provide the privately-paid flu vaccine; if you are interested in it, please inquire at your neighbourhood pharmacy.
At this moment, we are waiting for more vaccines to be delivered by Public Health. As availability could not be confirmed, no new clinics are scheduled at this time.^ ^This information is up-to-date as of AM Nov 16, 2020. The availability may change. Please call to inquire.
*In B.C., the inactivated influenza vaccine or flu shot is provided free to the following groups of people. People at high risk of serious illness from influenza, such as:
Children 6 months to less than 5 years of age
Pregnant women at any stage of pregnancy during the influenza season
Seniors 65 years and older
Residents of any age living in residential care, assisted living or other group facilities
Children and teenagers required to take Aspirin® or ASA for long periods of time due to a medical condition
Children and adults with certain medical conditions, including:
Heart or lung disorders that require regular medical care, such as asthma, chronic obstructive pulmonary disease or cystic fibrosis
Kidney disease, chronic liver disease such as hepatitis, diabetes, cancer, anemia or weakened immune system
Those with health conditions causing difficulty breathing, swallowing or a risk of choking on food or fluids, such as people with severe brain damage, spinal cord injury, seizures or neuromuscular disorders
Those who are very obese
People able to transmit or spread influenza to those at high risk of serious illness from influenza including:
Household contacts of people at high risk
Household contacts, caregivers and daycare staff of children under 5 years of age
Doctors, nurses and others working in health care settings, including long-term care facilities, who have contact with patients
Visitors to health care facilities and other patient care locations
Inmates of provincial correctional institutions
Those who provide care or service to people at high risk in potential outbreak settings such as cruise ships
Other groups who are eligible to receive the flu shot for free include:
People who provide essential community services such as police officers, firefighters, ambulance attendants, and corrections workers
People who work with live poultry
To find out if you are eligible, talk to your health care provider or call HealthLink BC at 8-1-1. If you are not eligible for a free influenza vaccine, you can buy it at most pharmacies and travel clinics. Some employers also provide free vaccine to employees.