Flu Season 2014-15 - Public Health

Influenza

The seasonal influenza (flu) vaccine is free of charge for all Nova Scotians six months of age and older. The flu vaccine is strongly recommended for people at high risk of flu-related complications and the people who care for them. The vaccines that will be publically funded are the same as last year Fluviral and Agriflu. Both products are Trivalent Inactivated Vaccines (TIV).

At the greatest risk: Children under five years of age, pregnant women, and adults over age 65 and people with chronic illnesses. Influenza can cause severe illness, hospitalization and death.

The vaccine protects against three strains of the flu predicted to circulate this season, including H1N1. This season get the facts about flu and flu vaccine and for more information visit the Department of Health and Wellness website.

Where to get your flu shot

In Capital Health flu vaccine is available in family practices, pharmacies, walk-in clinics, long-term care facilities 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 Nova Scotia College of Pharmacists.

Information for Health Professionals

Egg Allergies Updated for the 2014/2015 season

The recommendation regarding vaccinating people with egg allergies has changed. The National Advisory Committee on Immunization (NACI) has concluded that egg-allergic individuals may be vaccinated using a Trivalent Inactivated Vaccine (TIV) and Quadrivalent Inactivated Vaccine (QIV). This may be done without prior flu vaccine skin test and with the full dose, irrespective of a past severe reaction to egg. The vaccine can be given in any settings where vaccines are routinely administered. Immunizers must be prepared for and have the necessary equipment to respond to a vaccine emergency at all times.

Live attenuated influenza vaccine (LAIV) should not be given to egg-allergic individuals.

Dosages for Children

The recommendations regarding dosages for children remain the same as last season. For intramuscular flu vaccine, the dose is 0.5 ml for all age groups. This information may differ from the product monograph. Nova Scotia has based its recommendations on the current National Advisory Committee on Immunization (NACI) statement.

Recommended Flu Vaccine Doses by Age: 2014-2015
Age GroupDoseNo. of Doses
9 years and older0.5 ml1
6 months-8years*0.5 ml1 or 2*

Children who are six months old and younger than nine years old receiving seasonal flu vaccine for the first time should be given two doses, with a minimum interval of four weeks between doses. Children under nine who have been previously immunized (with one or more doses of seasonal influenza vaccine) receive one dose of flu vaccine. The seasonal flu vaccine is not licensed or recommended for infants younger than six months.

More Information

For more information as well as additional resources for health professionals refer to Q & A: Seasonal Flu Vaccine Information for 2014-2015 and visit the the Department of Health and Wellness website.

Healthcare providers: 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 2014-2015.

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