Influenza vaccine

Influenza immunization 2013–2014

Over 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.

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.

More information

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