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Influenza Immunization

The 2019 - 2020 AHS Influenza Immunization Season is now over.

Clinic dates and times for the 2020-2021 season will be available later this year.

Please plan ahead and put a reminder on/in your calender to get your influenza immunization in the fall .

Vaccine will be offered, free of charge, to all Albertans six months of age and older.

Influenza is serious. Prevention is your protection.

Get immunized next season!

NOTE: Some pharmacies and physician offices also offer influenza vaccine. Please call ahead to your pharmacy or physician office to confirm if they will be offering influenza vaccine in the 2020-2021 season.

** Children less than 5 years age must be immunized at an AHS Clinic or physician office.

Get Immunized for those who Can’t

While a flu shot is your best protection against influenza, not everyone can be immunized. Michelle Friesen, a mom of two children who has breast cancer, talks about what the flu shot means to her and her young family.

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Public - Influenza Immunization

As the best defence against influenza infection & illness, influenza immunization is recommended, annually, for all Albertans six months of age and older.

Forms

Consent for Influenza Immunization
For use at Alberta Health Services (AHS) influenza immunization programs. Use this form when a parent or alternate decision-maker is not able to be with the person being immunized at an AHS influenza immunization service. An alternate decision-maker could be an agent, guardian, specific decision-maker or co-decision-maker.

  • The parent or alternate decision-maker should complete this form and send it with the person being immunized, to the AHS influenza immunization service.
  • For alternate decision-makers – please also send a copy of documents to show that you are authorized to be the alternate decision-maker​

Public - Pneumococcal Immunization

Pneumococcal immunization is also available for some individuals based on age and medical conditions. It protects against pneumococcal disease.

Forms

Consent for Pneumococcal Polysaccharide Immunization 
For use at Alberta Health Services (AHS) immunization programs. Use this form when a parent or alternate decision-maker is not able to be with the person being immunized at an AHS immunization service. An alternate decision-maker could be an agent, guardian, specific decision-maker or co-decision-maker.

  • The parent or alternate decision-maker should complete this form and send it with the person being immunized, to the AHS immunization service.
  • For alternate decision-makers – please also send a copy of documents to show that you are authorized to be the alternate decision-maker.

 

Employers

Workplace Influenza Immunization:

Alberta Health Services no longer provides on-site influenza immunization to businesses. There are a number of different options available from private providers, such as pharmacists, or private immunization clinics. Alternatively, employees can visit community partners to receive the influenza vaccine at no individual cost, such as physician offices, community pharmacies, and public health.

Influenza Data

2019/20 Influenza Season

Weekly Report #25 (released May 7, 2020) - Reporting Period: August 25, 2019 – May 2nd, 2020

  Alberta Total South Zone Calgary Zone Central Zone Edmonton Zone North Zone Unknown
Doses of influenza vaccine administered.*

1,438,866

101,651

630,305

126,288

473,086

107,352

184

Laboratory confirmed influenza cases (total)

8,470

832

3,065

1,103

2,053

1,352 65
Laboratory confirmed cases of Influenza A

4,708

479 1,664 546 1,371 614 34
Laboratory confirmed cases of Influenza B

3,762

353 1,401 557 682 738 31
Laboratory confirmed influenza hospitalizations**

1,534

97 558 156 552

170

1
Laboratory confirmed influenza deaths (in hospital)** 39 6 11 4 15 3 0

*Data provided by AHS for Public Health Zones from Oct 06, 2019 to May 2, 2020, by Alberta Health (AH) for Pharmacies from Sep 29, 2019 to Apr 04, 2020, by AHS for community partners (AHS non public health, non-AHS, Physicians, and Long Term Care sites) and by FNIHB (First Nations) up to Mar 2020, and by AH for AHS WHS and Covenant Health OHS up to Feb 2020.

**Hospitalized influenza cases include only those handled by Alberta Health Services. Cases handled by First Nation and Inuit Health branch have been excluded

***Please note for all dashboards that as of March 12, community samples are no longer being routinely tested for non-COVID respiratory pathogens including flu.

This will be the final report for the 2019-20 Flu season.

Staff Influenza Immunization Rate (2019/20 Season)

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