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Flu shot

Our pharmacists are licensed to administer immunizations to anyone over 5 years of age. We have been providing immunization services since August 2010. To see a list of vaccines you can receive, click here.

How does that help you?

You and your child can receive vaccines under the provincial immunization schedule, shingles vaccine, and provincially funded vaccines such as influenza or pneumococcal vaccine from our pharmacists.

You will also receive your personalized immunization record card after receiving your vaccine.

Seasonal Influenza

Seasonal influenza, commonly known as the flu, is an infection in the airways caused by the influenza virus. It’s called ‘seasonal’ influenza because the virus circulates annually in the winter season in Canada. In addition to seasonal influenza, you have probably heard about avian influenza and pandemic influenza.

Seasonal influenza is a contagious respiratory illness caused by the influenza virus. It is easily caught and easily spread. Influenza typically starts with a headache, chills and cough, followed rapidly by fever, loss of appetite, muscle aches and fatigue, running nose, sneezing, watery eyes and throat irritation. Nausea, vomiting and diarrhea may also occur, especially in children.

Influenza also lowers the body’s ability to fight off other infections which can lead to pneumonia, bronchitis or other complications. In addition, influenza can worsen a current medical condition such as diabetes, lung disease, heart disease, kidney disease or cancer. Between 4000 and 8000 Canadians can die of influenza and its complications annually, depending on the severity of the season.

Can you receive injections such as testosterone, depo-medrol, vitamin B12, triamcinolone, eprex, etc. from the pharmacist?

No, at this time pharmacists in BC are only authorized to administer immunizations and drug products used in treatment of anaphylaxis. This may change in the future. Talk to your pharmacist for more information.

Flu Season

Seasonal Influenza Vaccine is recommended and provided free to the following groups:

  1. People at high risk:
    • People ≥ 65 years of age
    • People of any age who are residents of long-term care facilities
    • Adults (including pregnant women) and children with the following chronic health conditions:
      • Cardiac or pulmonary disorders (e.g., bronchopulmonary dysplasia, cystic fibrosis, asthma)
      • Diabetes and other metabolic diseases
      • Cancer; immunodeficiency (including human immunodeficiency virus [HIV] infection); immunosuppression due to underlying disease or therapy (e.g., severe rheumatoid arthritis requiring immunosuppressive therapies
      • Chronic kidney disease
      • Chronic liver disease, including hepatitis C
      • Anemia and hemoglobinopathy
    • Conditions that compromise the management of respiratory secretions and are associated with an increased risk of aspiration (e.g., cognitive dysfunction, spinal cord injury, seizure disorder, and neuromuscular disorders)
    • Children and adolescents (age 6 months to 18 years) with conditions treated for long periods with acetylsalicylic acid
    • Adults who are morbidly obese (BMI ≥40)
    • Aboriginal peoples (on and off reserve) for the 2010 – 2011 influenza season
    • Healthy children age 6 to 23 months
    • Pregnant women who will be in their 3rd trimester during the influenza season (typically spanning November to April)
    • Inmates of provincial correctional institutions
    • People working with live poultry (Immunization may reduce the potential for human-avian re-assortment of genes should such workers become co-infected with human and avian influenza.)
  2. People capable of transmitting influenza to those at high risk:
    • Healthcare workers (HCW) and other personnel who have significant contact with people in the high-risk groups previously described. HCW groups include independent health care practitioners and their staff in community settings.
    • Household contacts (including children) of people at high risk whether or not those high-risk people have been immunized
    • Those who provide care or service in potential outbreak settings housing high risk persons (e.g., crew on ships)
    • Household contacts of children age 0 to 23 months
    • Those providing regular child care to children age 0 to 23 months, whether in or out of the home
  3. People who provide essential community services:
    • First responders: police, fire fighters, ambulance
    • Corrections Officers

The eligibility criteria for publicly funded seasonal influenza vaccine in BC are established by BCCDC and may differ from those of the National Advisory Committee on Immunization (NACI). Talk to your pharmacist today if you have any questions about your eligibility.

Do I need to make an appointment?

If you wish to make an appointment, call us at 250-546-3169. Although walk-ins are welcome, there may be a wait time based on availability of the pharmacist.