Influenza (Flu) Vaccine Funding by Province and Territory
It’s that time of year again. Flu Season. While for some, developing the flu can be a nuisance, for some it can be much more serious. In fact, those over 65 are at risk for serious complications from the flu and account for 70% of flu-related hospitalizations and 90% of flu-related deaths.
The National Advisory Committee on Immunizations (NACI) is a trusted body our governments look to for guidance. NACI recommends the high-dose flu vaccine (quadrivalent) for all Canadians over 65, proven to be over 24% more effective for seniors. Unfortunately, not all provinces and territories currently fund the high-dose quadrivalent flu vaccine.
If you are in a province or territory without a free high dose flu vaccine, contact your elected officials. Your province or territory should be funding the best vaccines Canada has available. Join CARP in demanding best-in-class vaccines for all Canadian seniors. Your health depends on it.
In addition to the funding of the High-Dose Quadrivalent Vaccine, the Quadrivalent Vaccine (which protects again 4-strains of flu) is funded for all 65+ in all provinces and territories. The Adjuvanted Trivalent (which protects against 3-strains of flu) is funded for all 65+ in BC and Ontario.
Last Updated Nov 8, 2023