For up-to-date information about Island Health’s Public Health flu clinic dates and times, Island residents can visit www.islandfluclinics.ca. This online tool allows you to search for clinics by date and/or location.
“Information on free public health vaccination clinic dates and times is also available on the Island Health website www.viha.ca/flu, and by phone,” said Dr. Dee Hoyano, Medical Health Officer for Island Health. “Planning ahead and getting your flu shot early is an important way to protect yourself and the people in your life who are vulnerable to complications of influenza.”
Most clinics are offered on a drop-in basis with no appointment necessary. Residents are encouraged to check ahead at www.islandfluclinics.ca for further details. Please bring your CareCard or other government I.D. (valid driver’s license) to the clinic, and remember to wear a short-sleeved shirt.
Eligible individuals may also get their free vaccine from their doctor or pharmacy.
“Even if you are a healthy adult, if you have regular contact with anyone in these high risk groups, you can help protect them by getting immunized,” Dr. Hoyano said. “Influenza is easily transmitted from person-to-person, even before you show symptoms.”
Those who are not eligible for the free vaccine are encouraged to get vaccinated by their family physician or pharmacist for a nominal cost.
For more information about the influenza vaccine, visit http://immunizebc.ca or call 811 to speak to a health professional at HealthLinkBC.
Telephone hotlines have been established for free Island Health Public Health clinic dates and times in the following Island communities for people who wish to access information via telephone.
Courtenay/Comox Valley 250-331-8599
Campbell River & Area 250-850-2120
Mt. Waddington/Port Hardy 250-902-6079
In all other areas, residents can find local flu information by phone by contacting their local public health unit office.
The following groups are eligible for free flu shots:
• People 65 and older and their caregivers
• Children and adults with chronic health conditions and their household contacts
• Health care workers
• Emergency responders
• Healthy children from six months of age to less than five years old
• Household contacts and caregivers of children from birth to less than five years of age
• Pregnant women at any stage of pregnancy
• Residents of nursing homes and other chronic care facilities
• Owners and operators of poultry farms
• Aboriginal peoples
• People who are very obese (those with a body mass index of 40 or greater)
• Corrections officers and inmates in provincial correctional institutions
• Those who provide care or service in potential outbreak settings housing high risk persons (e.g. crew on ships)
• Visitors to health care facilities
Central/North Island media inquiries:
Director, Communications and Engagement
South Island media inquiries:
Media Relations Manager