Influenza immunization 2013–2014Over a million Albertans received their annual flu shot (influenza immunization) this season. Vaccine in no longer available. For children under the age of 9 who require their second dose, please call Health Link Alberta 1-866-408-5465, or your local Public Health Office.
- Updates, statistics and information on influenza and vaccine
- Influenza vaccine supply and distribution questions and answers
Seasonal influenza vaccine
It is very important for those at high-risk for influenza-related complications and their contacts to be immunized every year at the beginning of the influenza season. This includes:
- People living in group settings such as continuing care and designated assisted living;
- Adults and children with certain chronic conditions including but not limited to heart conditions, respiratory conditions such as asthma, and diabetes;
- People 65 years and older;
- Healthy children 6 months to 5 years old;
- Pregnant women;
- Aboriginal peoples;
- Individuals who are severely over weight;
- Household contacts of the above; and
- Health care workers / health care students.
Since September 2009, Alberta has been offering government-funded seasonal influenza vaccine to all Albertans 6 months of age and older who work, live or go to school in Alberta.
Talk to a public health nurse or doctor before getting this vaccine, if you:
- Are sick now with something more serious than a cold;
- Have severe allergies to any part of the vaccine;
- Are severely allergic to any foods, drugs, bee stings, etc.
Top Doc on flu shots
Dr. James Talbot encourages you to be healthy this influenza season by getting immunized with a flu shot.
- Read common questions about seasonal influenza immunization and vaccine
- Read more at Alberta Health Services
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- Influenza self-care