It’s time to invest in yourself – your health, your family and your community – with a flu shot. Island Health is helping launch this year’s province-wide flu campaign by encouraging people of all ages to get their flu shot early to help ward off influenza.
Where can I get my flu shot in B.C.?
Adults and seniors can get the flu shot from their local pharmacist or physician. Please check with your provider for availability.
- Visit immunizebc.ca/clinics/flu/
- In Sooke:
- Pharmasave Sooke, #8 – 6716 West Coast Road, Sooke
- Sooke Health Unit *NO DROP-IN* BOOKED APPOINTMENTS ONLY FOR FAMILIES WITH CHILDREN- you must call for an appointment 104-6672 Wadams Way, Sooke, Phone: 250-519-3487
- Shoppers Drug Mart, 6660 Sooke Rd., Sooke, Phone: 250-642-5229
- Call HealthLink BC at 8-1-1 for other locations
Can I get a free flu shot?
- Children (six months to five years), seniors (65+ years), pregnant women, Aboriginal peoples, and children and adults with chronic health conditions and their household contacts are among those eligible for a free flu shot.
- Hospitalized patients and seniors in residential care are more vulnerable to influenza than healthy adults. To help protect them, all health authority employees, students, physicians, residents, contractors, vendors, volunteers and visitors to health-care facilities must get immunized by December 2 or wear a mask when in a patient care area. The vaccine is offered free for these groups as well.
- If you qualify for a free flu vaccine, you can get one anywhere that is authorized to administer the vaccine – your doctor’s office, a licensed pharmacy, walk-in clinic or public health clinic.
- Find out if you are eligible for the free flu vaccine at www.healthlinkbc.ca/healthlinkbc-files/inactivated-influenza-vaccine.
- If you are not eligible, you may receive a flu vaccine for a fee through your family doctor or pharmacist.
- Influenza (the flu) is among the top 10 leading causes of death in Canada, estimated to cause about 12,200 hospitalizations and 3,500 deaths annually.
- The flu is an infection of the upper airway (nose and throat) caused by the influenza virus. The flu virus spreads between people through breathing, coughing and sneezing.
- Getting immunized is the best protection against the flu, and complements other prevention measures, such as hand-washing and staying home when sick.
- Flu symptoms include fever, headache, runny nose, sore throat, fatigue and cough.
- The term “flu” is often used to describe other illnesses, such as a cold or stomach virus. However, flu symptoms are usually prolonged and more severe than a cold, and do not usually include nausea, vomiting and diarrhea (see Is it influenza or a cold?).
- For more information, visit immunizebc.ca or call 8-1-1 to speak to a health professional.