As of October 11, flu season has officially kicked off. Here’s what you need to know when getting your flu shot this year.
- Flu shots are free and recommended for everyone 6 months and older
With other respiratory illnesses like COVID-19 going around this fall, it’s important to protect yourself and others in your community by getting a flu shot – especially those who could get very sick, like young children and elderly people. The flu shot is free and recommended for everyone 6 months and older.
- New this year: Use the Get Vaccinated system to book a flu shot appointment
If you’re registered with the Get Vaccinated system (the same system that’s used to book COVID-19 shots), you should receive a notification and link to book your flu shot appointment. If you haven’t received your booking link by text message or email, call the Provincial call centre at 1-833-838-2323 and ask to book a flu shot appointment at a pharmacy near you. Please don’t call your local pharmacy.
Depending on what community you live in, drop-in flu shots may be an option. To guarantee that you’ll get a flu shot that day, we strongly encourage booking an appointment.
- You can get a COVID-19 vaccine at the same time as your flu shot
Flu shots can safely be given at the same time or any time before or after any other vaccine including COVID-19. Some Northern Health clinics may be offering flu and COVID-19 vaccines at the same time. For more information on flu or COVID-19, visit northernhealth.ca.