Getting your flu shot at your local B.C. pharmacy
B.C.'s community pharmacists can administer seasonal flu shots to British Columbians ages 5 and older, and flu immunizations by intranasal route to children 2 years and older. Nearly 1,350 pharmacies across the province will be offering patients flu vaccines starting October 18, 2021.
Last year, B.C.'s community pharmacists administered more than 1 million flu shots to British Columbians. This year, we expect a similar demand -- or even more -- than last year.
To find a pharmacy offering flu vaccinations near you, please visit one of the following links:
Frequently Asked Questions
1. Can my whole family, including my children, get our flu shot at my pharmacy?
Yes, if your children are ages 5 and older, they can be vaccinated at your local community pharmacy. Children younger than 5 years of age can be vaccinated at their local public health clinic or health provider's office.
2. My child doesn't like needles, can they get the nasal vaccine at a pharmacy?
There will be a limited amount of FluMist® Quadrivalent intranasal vaccine at community pharmacy starting the week of October 25. Please contact your local pharmacy to inquire about availability and to book an appointment. FluMist® can be administered to children 2 years of age and older from a pharmacist.
3. I'm over the age of 65, can I get the vaccine that's recommended for seniors at my pharmacy?
FLUZONE® High-Dose Quadrivalent (also referred to as FLUZONE® HD) is recommended for individuals 65 and older. These will be provided to residents in Long Term Care and Assisted Living facilities and those in Indigenous communities ages 65 and older. FLUZONE® HD may be available for purchase from some community pharmacies. Please contact your local pharmacy about availability of FLUZONE® HD.
4. I recently received my COVID-19 vaccination. Do I need to wait to get my flu shot?
There is no need to wait. COVID-19 vaccines may be given at the same time as, or any time before or after, other vaccines, including influenza vaccines.
5. Do I need to book an appointment?
No, but it is recommended. Not all pharmacies require you to book an appointment. Click here to see the list of all B.C. pharmacies accepting walk ins.