Influenza Immunization

The 2020-2021 Alberta Influenza Immunization program is now available.

Influenza immunization is more important this season, than ever before.

All Albertans, six months of age and older, are eligible to be immunized, free of charge; however, this year, AHS is working with pharmacists and physicians to offer immunization to different age groups and demographics. See details below.

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Immunization Eligibility & Access

Through Alberta Health Services:

AHS is offering vaccine through pre-booked appointment only, to:

  • children under five years of age and their family and household members

Those who are eligible to receive influenza immunization through AHS are required to book an AHS appointment using the online booking tool.

Please note: To ensure our clinics can operate safely with all necessary measures to prevent the spread of COVID-19, there will be no drop-in immunizations at any AHS clinic for influenza immunization.

Through other providers:

Pharmacists will offer vaccine to:

  • All Albertans five years of age and older

Physicians will offer vaccines to:

  • All Albertans 9 years of age and older
  • Some physicians may be offering vaccines to children 6 months up to and including 8 years of age as well, please check with your physician’s office

Please call a pharmacist or physician to arrange for influenza immunization.

Additional considerations:

Individuals who do not have a provincial health care number, or who live in a community where there are no other immunizing health care providers, can call Health Link to seek immunization through AHS.

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Influenza Immunization

As the best defence against influenza infection & illness, influenza immunization is recommended, annually, for all Albertans six months of age and older.

Forms

Consent for Influenza Immunization
For use at Alberta Health Services (AHS) influenza immunization programs. Use this form when a parent or alternate decision-maker is not able to be with the person being immunized at an AHS influenza immunization service. An alternate decision-maker could be an agent, guardian, specific decision-maker or co-decision-maker.

  • The parent or alternate decision-maker should complete this form and send it with the person being immunized, to the AHS influenza immunization service.
  • For alternate decision-makers – please also send a copy of documents to show that you are authorized to be the alternate decision-maker​

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Pneumococcal Immunization

Pneumococcal immunization is also available for some individuals based on age and medical conditions. It protects against pneumococcal disease.

Forms

Consent for Pneumococcal Polysaccharide Immunization 
For use at Alberta Health Services (AHS) immunization programs. Use this form when a parent or alternate decision-maker is not able to be with the person being immunized at an AHS immunization service. An alternate decision-maker could be an agent, guardian, specific decision-maker or co-decision-maker.

  • The parent or alternate decision-maker should complete this form and send it with the person being immunized, to the AHS immunization service.
  • For alternate decision-makers – please also send a copy of documents to show that you are authorized to be the alternate decision-maker.

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Workplace Immunization No Longer Available from AHS

Alberta Health Services no longer provides on-site influenza immunization to businesses. There are a number of different options available from private providers, such as pharmacists, or private immunization clinics. Alternatively, employees can visit community partners to receive the influenza vaccine at no individual cost, such as physician offices, community pharmacies, and public health.

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Data & Statistics

Weekly Report #25 (released May 7, 2020) - Reporting Period: August 25, 2019 – May 2nd, 2020

  Alberta Total South Zone Calgary Zone Central Zone Edmonton Zone North Zone Unknown
Doses of influenza vaccine administered.*

1,438,866

101,651

630,305

126,288

473,086

107,352

184

Laboratory confirmed influenza cases (total)

8,470

832

3,065

1,103

2,053

1,352 65
Laboratory confirmed cases of Influenza A

4,708

479 1,664 546 1,371 614 34
Laboratory confirmed cases of Influenza B

3,762

353 1,401 557 682 738 31
Laboratory confirmed influenza hospitalizations**

1,534

97 558 156 552

170

1
Laboratory confirmed influenza deaths (in hospital)** 39 6 11 4 15 3 0

*Data provided by AHS for Public Health Zones from Oct 06, 2019 to May 2, 2020, by Alberta Health (AH) for Pharmacies from Sep 29, 2019 to Apr 04, 2020, by AHS for community partners (AHS non public health, non-AHS, Physicians, and Long Term Care sites) and by FNIHB (First Nations) up to Mar 2020, and by AH for AHS WHS and Covenant Health OHS up to Feb 2020.

**Hospitalized influenza cases include only those handled by Alberta Health Services. Cases handled by First Nation and Inuit Health branch have been excluded

***Please note for all dashboards that as of March 12, community samples are no longer being routinely tested for non-COVID respiratory pathogens including flu.

This will be the final report for the 2019-20 Flu season.

Staff Influenza Immunization Rate (2019/20 Season)

Previous Season

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