Who should get a flu (influenza) vaccine?

In British Columbia, the influenza vaccine or flu shot is provided free to the following groups of people at high risk of serious illness from influenza, such as:

  • Children 6 months to less than five years of age;

  • Pregnant women at any stage of pregnancy during the influenza season;

  • Seniors 65 years and older;

  • Residents of any age living in residential care, assisted living or other group facilities

  • Indigenous people;

  • Children and teenagers required to take Aspirin® or ASA for long periods of time due to a medical condition;

  • Children and adults with certain medical conditions, including:

    • Heart or lung disorders that require regular medical care, such as asthma, chronic obstructive pulmonary disease or cystic fibrosis;

    • Kidney disease, chronic liver disease such as hepatitis, diabetes, cancer, anemia or weakened immune system;

    • Those with health conditions causing difficulty breathing, swallowing or a risk of choking on food or fluids, such as people with severe brain damage, spinal cord injury, seizures or neuromuscular disorders; and

  • Those who are very obese.

Page Last Updated: 26/01/2021