Who Needs the Flu Vaccine?

The flu vaccine is recommended for everyone over six months old. It’s especially recommended for those at high risk for complications.

In Canada, the flu vaccine is recommended for everyone over six months old. It’s especially recommended for those at high risk for complications and those in regular contact with people at high risk, including:

  • people with health conditions, including lung diseases like asthma or COPD
  • people aged 65 and older
  • children under age five
  • people who are pregnant
  • Indigenous Peoples
  • residents of long-term care facilities and other chronic-care facilities

Strains of the flu virus change every year, so annual vaccination is needed to combat the current strain.

Not enough people get the flu vaccine each year to provide the protection needed, largely due to the misconception that the flu isn’t dangerous. It is. It’s deadly. About 3,500 Canadians die every year from it.

For those considered high risk or who work and/or live with them, getting vaccinated against the flu every year is critical.

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If you have questions about getting the flu shot, reach out to our Lung Health Line for free personalized assistance from a Certified Respiratory Educator. Chat online at lunghealth.ca or call toll-free 1-888-344-LUNG (5864).

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