Spread joy, not germs: stay healthy this holiday season

December 2, 2022

EDMONTON – To help ensure the holiday season is a happy and healthy one, Alberta Health Services (AHS) is reminding all Albertans to protect their health and get immunized against influenza and COVID-19.

More than one million Albertans have stepped up to receive their influenza vaccine this season. While this is a good start, some Albertans remain without protection.

The influenza vaccine is available to all Albertans six months of age and older, free of charge. COVID-19 vaccines, including boosters, may also be offered during the same influenza vaccine appointment. It is safe for those five years of age and older to get their influenza vaccine and COVID-19 vaccine at the same time.

AHS is offering vaccine through public health clinics to:

Children under five years of age must be immunized at an AHS clinic or participating doctor's office.

Albertans five years of age and older can get immunized at participating pharmacies and doctor's offices. Some sites provide walk-in services. For more information, to book your influenza vaccine, or find the closest service near you, visit www.ahs.ca/vaccine or call Health Link at 811.

In addition to getting immunized, there are more ways you can protect yourself and loved ones from illness:

Alberta Health Services is the provincial health authority responsible for planning and delivering health supports and services for more than four million adults and children living in Alberta. Its mission is to provide a patient-focused, quality health system that is accessible and sustainable for all Albertans.