Flu Season 2013-14 - Public Health

Influenza

The seasonal influenza (flu) vaccine is free again this year for all Nova Scotians. This vaccine will protect against three strains of the seasonal influenza that are predicted to circulate this season, including H1N1. This season get the facts about influenza and influenza vaccine and for more information visit the Government of Nova Scotia Communicable Disease Prevention and Control website. The Department of Health and Wellness Immunization Provider Toolkit for the Seasonal Influenza Program - 2013-14 is now available on line.

Where to get your flu shot

In Capital Health District flu vaccine is available in family practices, walk-in clinics, long-term care facilities, pharmacies and through many large employers. If your workplace does not have a flu clinic planned, please contact your family doctor, walk-in clinic or pharmacy to book an appointment.

To find a family doctor, walk-in clinic or pharmacy near you call 811 or visit the Doctors Nova Scotia or the Pharmacy Association of Nova Scotia.

Information for health professionals

The recommendations regarding dosages for children and those with egg allergies remain the same as last season. The National Advisory Committee on Immunization (NACI) recommends the inclusion of all children six to 59 months of age among the recommended recipients of the influenza vaccine.

NACI reports that children ages 24 to 59 months are high risk for influenza related complications along with their who provide care to their care providers. For more information, as well as additional resources for health professionals, visit the Government of Nova Scotia Communicable Disease Prevention and Control website.

Family physicians: Need to order flu vaccine?

For details on ordering flu vaccine from Public Health in the Capital Health district, see our Flu Vaccine Immunization Update 2013-2014.

Publicly-funded flu vaccine being used in Nova Scotia this year: