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The Flu Can Be Scary for People 65+.

As we age, our bodies change and so do our immune systems. That's why the High-Dose flu vaccine is specially formulated for people 65 years of age and older.

Seniors represent only 15% of Canada's population but in 2014-2015, adults 65+ accounted for 70% of influenza-related hospitalizations and 91% of influenza-related deaths.

Also, 74% of Canadians 65+ report having at least ONE chronic medication condition, many of which may put them at high risk for influenza and its complications.

For persons aged 65 years and over, the risk for influenza-attributed death was:

  • 5x greater among those with chronic heart disease

  • 12x greater among those with chronic lung disease

  • 20x greater among those with BOTH chronic heart and lung conditions

Adults 65 years of age and older are particularly vulnerable to influenza and that's why it is important to help protect yourself.



Who should get the vaccine?

The high-dose (HD) flu shot is an inactivated influenza vaccine that contains four times the antigen of a standard-dose influenza vaccine. The antigen is the part of the vaccine that helps your body build up protection against disease. This extra antigen is used to create a stronger immune response in older people to provide better protection against influenza.

Canada's National Advisory Committee on Immunization (NACI) recommends that people 65 years of age and older should get the High-Dose because it is expected to provide better protection compared to the other influenza standard dose vaccines.

In B.C., only adults 65 years of age and older, living in long term care and assisted living facilities can receive the High-Dose vaccine for free.

For those adults over the age of 65 who are not eligible for the publicly funded (free) program (ie: not living in a long term care home), the vaccine is available to buy from Columbia Street Pharmacy.

For more information about which influenza vaccine is right for you, speak with our pharmacists.

Canada’s National Advisory Committee on Immunization (NACI) says that any of the available influenza vaccines may be used in people 65 and older.However, use any of the available influenza vaccines is preferable to remaining unvaccinated or asking people to return for vaccine.

Only Fluzone® High-Dose is approved for use in adults 65 years of age and older.


2020-2021 FLU SEASON

Pre-Orders Only

Due to high demand, the HD flu vaccine must be pre-ordered to ensure availability. All the doses that are available for this season have already been reserved and unfortunately there will be no more available. Please subscribe to our website to get on the Flu Shot Email List for advanced order next year.


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