Public Funding for Influenza Vaccination by Province/Territory (as of March 2016)

Information on immunization programs was collected by the Canadian Nurses Coalition on Immunization (CNCI). PHAC and the CNCI have worked together since July 2004 to develop this tool containing the latest provincial/territorial program information.

Public Funding for Influenza Vaccination by Province/Territory
Target BC AB SK MB ON QC NB NS PE NL NT YK NU
Original Source: Canadian Pharmacists Association, 2009
Footnote 1

Police, firefighters, ambulance personnel, and correctional officers.

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Footnote 2

The flu vaccine is available free of charge to all residents; however, public education campaigns focus attention on immunizing high risk groups.

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Footnote 3

Vaccine is available free of charge to individuals aged 6 mths or older who live, work or attend school in Alberta/Ontario.

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Footnote 4

Vaccine is free of charge to anyone who requests it.

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The vaccine is available free of charge to all Manitoba residents aged 6 months or older; however, public education campaigns focus attention on immunizing high risk groups.

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Vaccine is free of charge to all residents of PEI; however, administration of the vaccine is not covered except for those noted above.

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Footnote 7

People living in remote or isolated communities.

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Footnote 8

The influenza vaccine is given to all women who are in their second or third trimester (13 weeks or more).

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Only when the pregnant woman has a medical condition that puts them at high risk of complications.

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Footnote 10

For people aged 18 and up

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Free for people with an underlying condition. Recommended but not free for people otherwise in good health

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The following priority groups are recommended for annual influenza vaccination programs by the National Advisory Committee on Immunization (NACI): people at high risk for influenza-related complications, those capable of transmitting influenza to individuals at high risk for complications, and those who provide essential community services. As significant morbidity and societal costs are associated with seasonal interpandemic influenza illness and its complications occurring in healthy children age ≥ 2 years and healthy adults, healthy children age ≥ 2 years and adults should also be encouraged to receive the annual influenza vaccine. For the full NACI recommendations for influenza immunization go to: Statement on Seasonal Influenza Vaccine for 2015–2016

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Y
Fully funded
N
Not publicly funded
P
Partly funded
Universal vaccination N YFootnote3 YFootnote2 YFootnote5 YFootnote3 N N YFootnote2 YFootnote6 YFootnote2 YFootnote4 YFootnote2 YFootnote4
Persons with morbid obesity (BMI ≥ 40) Y Y Y Y Y Y Y Y P Y Y Y Y
Aboriginal peoples Y Y Y Y Y YFootnote7 Y Y P Y Y Y Y
Healthy children 6 to 59 months of age Y Y Y Y Y N Y Y Y Y Y Y Y
Pregnant women in their 3rd trimester, expecting to deliver in influenza season Y Y Y Y Y YFootnote8 Y Y Y Y Y Y Y
Pregnant women, any trimester Y Y Y Y Y YFootnote9 Y Y Y Y Y Y Y
Children 6 mths to 23 mths Y Y Y Y Y Y Y Y Y Y Y Y Y
Persons 18 years and older N Y Y N Y N N Y P Y Y Y Y
Persons 50-64 yrs N Y Y N Y N N Y P Y Y Y Y
Persons 60 years and older N Y Y N Y Y N Y P Y Y Y Y
Persons 65 years and older Y Y Y Y Y Y Y Y Y Y Y Y Y
Residents of nursing homes or chronic care facilities Y Y Y Y Y Y Y Y Y Y Y Y Y
Health care workers Y Y Y Y Y Y Y Y Y Y Y Y Y
Children and adolescents on long-term ASA Y Y Y Y Y Y Y Y P Y Y Y Y
Persons on long-term ASA (e.g. RA patients) N Y Y Y Y YFootnote10 Y Y P Y Y Y Y
Household contacts of people at high-risk Y Y Y Y Y Y Y Y P Y Y Y Y
Persons with weakened immune systems Y Y Y Y Y Y Y Y P Y Y Y Y
Essential community services: first responders YFootnote1 Y Y Y Y N N Y P Y Y Y Y
Persons at risk travelling to destinations where influenza is likely circulating N Y Y N Y YFootnote11 N Y P Y Y Y Y
Persons in direct contact with poultry infected with avian influenza during culling operations Y Y Y N Y Y N Y P Y Y Y Y
Adults and children with chronic conditions severe enough to require regular medical follow-up or hospital care such as:
Cardiac disease Y Y Y Y Y Y Y Y P Y Y Y Y
Pulmonary disease Y Y Y Y Y Y Y Y P Y Y Y Y
Asthma Y Y Y Y Y Y Y Y P Y Y Y Y
Diabetes Y Y Y Y Y Y Y Y P Y Y Y Y
Renal disease Y Y Y Y Y Y Y Y P Y Y Y Y
Liver disease Y Y Y Y Y Y Y Y P Y Y Y Y
Anaemia or hemoglobinopathy Y Y Y Y Y Y Y Y P Y Y Y Y
HIV patients Y Y Y Y Y Y Y Y P Y Y Y Y
Immunosuppression, cancer Y Y Y Y Y Y Y Y P Y Y Y Y
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