Flu Shot 2021

Please download a Flu Shot Consent Form here: Flu Shot Consent Form 10.1.2021

The National Advisory Committee on Immunization (NACI)(external link), which advises the Public Health Agency of Canada, recommends the flu vaccine for everyone 6 months of age and older. Currently we are focusing on the first high risk group.

Immunization of High-Risk Groups

Per the National Advisory Committee on Immunization (NACI), individuals in the following four groups are particularly recommended to receive the influenza vaccine:

  1. Individuals at high risk of influenza-related complications or who are more likely to require hospitalization:
    • All pregnant women
    • People who are residents of nursing homes or other chronic care facilities
    • People ≥ 65 years of age
    • All children 6 months to 4 years of age
    • Indigenous peoples
    • Adults or children 6 months of age and over with chronic health conditions as follows:
      • Cardiac or pulmonary disorders
      • Diabetes mellitus or other metabolic disease
      • Cancer
      • Conditions or medication which compromise the immune system (due to underlying disease, therapy or both)
      • Renal disease
      • Anemia or hemoglobinopathy
      • Neurologic or neurodevelopment conditions
      • Morbid obesity (body mass index of ≥ 40)
      • Children and adolescents (6 months to 18 years) undergoing treatment with acetylsalicylic acid for long periods
  2. Individuals capable of transmitting influenza to those listed in #1 and/or to infants under 6 months of age:
    • Health care workers and other care providers in facilities and community settings
    • Household contacts (adults and children) of individuals at high risk of influenza related complications
    • Persons who provide care to children ≤ 4 years of age
    • Members of a household expecting a newborn during the influenza season
    • Those who provide services within a closed or relatively closed setting to persons at high risk (e.g., crew on a ship)
  3. People who provide essential community services
  4. Poultry industry workers

To reduce the risk of severe illness that could potentially arise from co-infection with COVID-19 and influenza, individuals who are at high risk of severe COVID-19 related illness or those capable of transmitting influenza to those at high risk of severe and critical illness related to COVID-19 are particularly recommended to receive the influenza vaccine this fall.