Health officials offer free flu shots to dampen potential fall influenza and COVID-19 surge – CBC

Flu shots to be available to the general population after the Thanksgiving long weekend

Sep 28, 2022

British Columbia health officials are preparing for the possibility of a twin surge of flu and COVID-19 cases this fall.

At a news conference on Wednesday, Provincial Health Officer Dr. Bonnie Henry promised free flu vaccines would be available starting next week for those at high risk, with distribution to the general population for those six months and older beginning Oct. 11, after the Thanksgiving long weekend.

Seniors are eligible for enhanced vaccines that provide additional protection.

Henry said that based on what was seen during winter in southern hemisphere locations like Australia and New Zealand, B.C. could see an early onslaught of influenza in November and December. Normally flu season peaks in January.

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