Prairie Post (West Edition)

Flu vaccine available in Alberta next week


Starting Oct. 17, Albertans six months of age and older can get their flu vaccine.

Albertans over 65 are eligible to receive a high-dose flu vaccine, while those aged six months to 64 years will receive the regular dose. Both protect people from four common strains of the influenza virus.

“Getting your flu vaccine is an easy way to reduce your risk of getting the flu, help to limit the spread of the virus and reduce your risk of being hospitaliz­ed due to influenza.”

Jason Copping, Minister of Health Booking your immunizati­on appointmen­t

Starting on Oct. 17, influenza vaccines will be available at participat­ing pharmacies, some community medical clinics and select AHS sites.

Bookings will be available through the Alberta Vaccine Booking System at bookvaccin­ or by calling Health Link at 811.

Some pharmacies will also be welcoming walk-ins. If your local pharmacy is not listed in the booking system, contact them directly or visit to find a pharmacy near you.

Beginning Oct. 17, influenza vaccines will be offered at no cost to:

• Albertans five years of age and older at pharmacies and some community medical clinics.

• Albertans who are six months of age and older at some community medical clinics.

Alberta Health Services will offer vaccines through its public health clinics to:

• Children under five years of age and their family and household members.

• Individual­s who do not have a provincial health care number.

• Individual­s who live in a community where there are no other immunizing health-care providers.

Quick facts

• Alberta’s government has ordered 1.9 million doses of influenza vaccine to help protect the health of Albertans.

• Alberta seasonal influenza numbers for 2021–22:

There were 2,906 lab-confirmed cases of influenza and 14 influenza-related deaths.

The provincial immunizati­on rate was 27 per cent.

About 82 per cent of long-term care residents were immunized.

About 52 per cent of children aged six months to 23 months received at least one dose of the influenza vaccine.

About 65 per cent of seniors 65 years and older were immunized.

Pharmacist­s were responsibl­e for administra­ting 75 per cent of all influenza immunizati­ons.

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