Influenza immunization 2013–2014Albertans are encourage to get their annual flu shot (influenza immunization). It is free of charge to all Albertans (6 months of age and older) through Influenza Immunization Clinics across Alberta.
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 6–23 months 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
- What is influenza?
- Influenza self-care