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Eligibility for a Free Flu Shot

In BC the influenza vaccine is recommended and provided free to children and adults who are at high risk for severe illness or death due to infection with influenza, including:

Seniors

  • All people 65 years of age and older.

Children and adults

  • Children six to 23 months of age.
  • Children and adults with ongoing heart or lung disorders (including asthma, chronic obstructive pulmonary disease, and cystic fibrosis) that require regular medical care.
  • Children and adults with kidney disease, diabetes, cancer, anemia, or immune system disorders.
  • Children and adults with a health concern that makes it hard for them to breathe, or to get rid of fluids in their throat and lungs, or makes them choke on food or drinks that can then enter their lungs. People with these kinds of health concerns include persons with spinal cord injury, seizure disorders, and/or neuromuscular disorders.
  • Children and teenagers being treated with acetylsalicylic acid (ASA or Aspirin®) for long periods of time.
  • Houshold contacts and caregivers of children 0-23 months of age.
  • Healthy children and adults living in the same house as people at high risk, because some people at high risk don't respond well to vaccine or cannot be vaccinated.
  • People of any age living in residential care, assisted living or other group facilities.
  • Pregnant women who may deliver their baby during the influenza season because they will become household contacts of their newborn baby. Newborns are at higher risk from influenza but do not respnd well to the influenza shot themselves.
  • People who work with live poultry and swine.
  • Correctional officers and inmates of Provincial Correctional Facilities
  • Consult your local health authority or your family doctor to find out where you can get a flu shot.
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