Get immunized against influenza

Book your free vaccination from October 19 to November 5.

15 October 2020

The debate over the effectiveness of the influenza vaccine has been a polarizing topic for a number of years. However, if you have ever considered getting the flu vaccination, this might be the year to do so.

The Government of Alberta and University of Alberta are encouraging everyone to get their flu vaccine this year in order to stay as healthy as they can and to protect the vulnerable. By keeping flu counts low we can make sure our health-care system has capacity to respond to the COVID-19 pandemic, and let health care workers focus on treating people with other illnesses and injuries.

For ease of access, vaccinations are provided through a number of different means. Starting October 19, 2020, all Albertans six months of age and older can get the current four-strain influenza vaccine free of charge by appointment at:

  • Pharmacies and doctors office for people five years old or older
  • AHS public health clinics:
    • for children under five, their parents and household members
    • for people without a provincial health care number
    • where there is no other immunizing health care provider
  • Provincially funded long-term care facilities will now offer a high-dose vaccine free of charge to residents over 65
  • Contact your local pharmacist or physician to make an appointment or book an appointment at a public health clinic online and arrive as close to the appointment time as you can.
  • University Health Centre - Immunizations are available by appointment only between October 19 and November 5, 2020. Book here: http://uab.ca/flu. All students and staff with a valid health care card and ONEcard can receive an influenza immunization for free by appointment only in the Dinwoodie Lounge.

Due to increased demand and enhanced COVID-19 protocols, many pharmacies are booking appointments well into November. Please consider making an appointment today to maintain the best possible health.

Human Resources has created a health kit on influenza/pneumonia to assist you in making the decision that is right for you. The kit contains information about influenza and pneumonia, how to distinguish between flu, pneumonia and the common cold, as well as important information on vaccines and the decision to vaccinate. Optional information about influenza and vulnerable populations like: children, seniors and those with asthma can also be included upon request. To request a kit, please contact org.health@ualberta.ca.