Public Funding for Influenza Vaccination by Province/Territory (as of September 2017)

PHAC, the Canadian Nurses Coalition on Immunization (CNCI) and the Canadian Immunization Committee (CIC) have worked together since July 2004 to develop and update this tool containing the latest provincial/territorial immunization programs information.

Public Funding for Influenza Vaccination by Province/Territory
Target Group BC AB SK MB ON QC NB NS PE NL NT YK NU
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 Y Y Y Y Y
Aboriginal peoples Y Y Y Y Y YFootnote7 Y Y Y 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, any trimester Y Y Y Y Y YFootnote8 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 Y Y N N Y Y Y Y Y Y
Persons 50 to 64 yrs N Y Y Y Y N N Y Y Y Y Y Y
Persons 60 years and older N Y Y Y Y Y N Y Y 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 Y Y Y Y Y
Persons on long-term ASA (e.g. RA patients) N Y Y Y Y YFootnote9 Y Y Y Y Y Y Y
Household contacts of people at high-risk Y Y Y Y Y Y Y Y Y Y Y Y Y
Persons with weakened immune systems Y Y Y Y Y Y Y Y Y Y Y Y Y
Essential community services: first responders YFootnote1 Y Y Y Y N N Y Y Y Y Y Y
Persons at risk travelling to destinations where influenza is likely circulating N Y Y Y Y YFootnote10 N Y Y Y Y Y Y
Persons in direct contact with poultry infected with avian influenza during culling operations Y Y Y Y Y Y N Y Y 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 Y Y Y Y Y
Pulmonary disease Y Y Y Y Y Y Y Y Y Y Y Y Y
Asthma Y Y Y Y Y Y Y Y Y Y Y Y Y
Diabetes Y Y Y Y Y Y Y Y Y Y Y Y Y
Renal disease Y Y Y Y Y Y Y Y Y Y Y Y Y
Liver disease Y Y Y Y Y Y Y Y Y Y Y Y Y
Anaemia or hemoglobinopathy Y Y Y Y Y Y Y Y Y Y Y Y Y
HIV patients Y Y Y Y Y Y Y Y Y Y Y Y Y
Immunosuppression, cancer Y Y Y Y Y Y Y Y Y Y Y Y Y
Neurologic or neurodevelopment conditions YFootnote11 Y Y Y Y N YFootnote12 Y Y Y Y Y Y
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 recommended and free of charge to all the target groups and the general public.

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Footnote 5

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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Footnote 6

Universal Program; vaccine is free of charge to all individuals aged 6 months or older  who live, work or attend school in PEI.

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Footnote 7

People living in remote or isolated communities.

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Footnote 8

In Quebec, the vaccine is available free of charge to all pregnant women who are in their second or third trimester (13 weeks or more). It will be given to pregnant women in their first trimester only if she has a medical condition putting her at high risk for complications.

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Footnote 9

For persons 18 years of age or older.

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Footnote 10

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

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Footnote 11

Only for persons with conditions that compromise the management of respiratory secretions and are associated with an increased risk of aspiration (e.g., cognitive dysfunction, spinal cord injury, seizure disorder, and neuromuscular disorders).

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Footnote 12

These include seizure disorders, febrile seizures and isolated developmental delays in children and neuromuscular, neurovascular, neurodegenerative, neurodevelopmental conditions and seizure disorders in adults, but excludes migraines and neuropsychiatric conditions without neurological conditions.

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NACI recommends the influenza vaccine for everyone 6 months of age or older who do not have contraindications to the vaccine, but influenza vaccination is particularly recommended for people at high risk of influenza-related complications or hospitalization, including all pregnant women, people capable of transmitting influenza to individuals at high risk of complications, people providing essential community services and people in direct contact with poultry infected with avian influenza. For the full NACI recommendations for influenza immunization go to: Statement on Seasonal Influenza Vaccine for 2017–2018

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