Influenza (Flu)

​What Is Influenza? | Prevention and Protection | Where Can I Get a Flu Shot? | For Health Professionals


​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​What Is Influen​​​za?

Influenza, also called the flu, is an infection of the upper airway caused by an influenza virus. Symptoms can include fever, headache, runny nose, sore throat, or cough. Every year there is a period of time (flu season) where there are outbreaks of the flu. Influenza vaccines can protect against the viruses that cause influenza. 

–from Influenza (Seasonal Flu) on HealthLinkBC

Prevention and Pro​​tection 

The FNHA would like to help you make informed decisions about how to prevent illness personally as well as in your family and community. The flu season can be especially risky for our Elders, young ones and those with health challenges, so we would like share practical and clinical tips to support you and your Community’s health and wellness.

Influenza vaccines are safe and are recommended as the best way to prevent the flu. The peak of the influenza season is typically November to April; for the best protection, get your flu shot as early as possible. When you get your flu immunization, you help protect others as well by reducing the spread of the flu virus in your community. 

In addition to the getting immunized for flu, good personal hygiene, including good hand washing, will help keep you healthy. If you do find yourself sick with flu-like symptoms, you can help protect others from getting ill by staying home and resting, drinking plenty of fluids and managing your symptoms. 

COVID-19 and ​Flu Season

The COVID-19 pandemic has made it more important than ever to get immunized against the flu. If you have never gotten a flu shot before, this is the year to consider getting one, to protect yourself, those around you and your community. 

If you start to feel unwell, it can be hard to determine if you are sick because of the flu virus or the coronavirus, because the flu and COVID-19 have some of the same symptoms. These common symptoms include fever, cough, sore throat, aching muscles and joints, headache and fatigue. 

Although both of these viruses can make you feel very sick, the flu vaccination does not protect you from COVID-19. For information about protecting yourself from COVID-19, the FNHA’s COVID-19 information for First Nations individuals

Book Your Flu Shot Now​ (fact sheet)
The Flu Shot and COVID-19​ (video, Dr. Shannon McDonald, Acting Chief Medical Officer, FNHA)

Where Can I G​​et a Flu Shot?

Free flu vaccines for BC First Nations Individuals at home and away from home are available at health centres and nursing stations. You can also get flu shots in physicians’ offices or pharmacies.

To find a clinic near you, go to the BC Flu Clinic Locator​ (Immunize BC). 

For Health Pr​​ofess​ionals

Records and Logs (Te​mplates) 

Influenza Vaccine Log 2020-21 
Influenza Immunization Annual Record 2020-21 without chronic conditions
Influenza Immunization Annual Record 2020-21 with chronic conditions
Influenza Immunization Record Pneumovax 23


For information about documenting immunizations in Panorama, see First Nations Panorama Program​.

Decision Su​pport Tool

The BCCDC Immunization Manual: Part 4: Biological Products (Vaccines & Immune Globulins) is your decision support tool when providing influenza vaccines to Community Members. 

COVID-19 and Immunization

For updated Guidance for Influenza Vaccine Delivery in the Presence of COVID-19, see Contents & Intr​oduction in the BC Immunization Manual

Online Co​​urses

Foundations of Influenza: Diseases and Vaccines (Learning Hub)
Seasonal Influenza Updates (Learning Hub)

Looking for More Resources?

For more Influenza Virus and Respiratory Syncytial Virus training resources, please contact the FNHA Immunization Program. 


 Need Medical Help?

​​Please speak to your primary health care provider, or contact your Community Health Nurse at your Health Centre or Nursing Station. 

To speak with a Registered Nurse at any time, call 8-1-1.

 Contact (for Health Professionals)

​FNHA Immunization Program