The influenza vaccine is given by an injection.
Yes. In Canada, vaccines undergo laboratory and field-testing. They must pass a strict licensing procedure with the federal government before they can be used. Once a vaccine has been approved for use, every lot is tested for safety and quality. You can’t get influenza disease from the influenza vaccine.
If I was immunized last year, do I need to get immunized again this year?
If you live, work, or go to school in Alberta, you can get immunized for free at any of the Alberta Health Services influenza immunization clinics. For example, if you usually live in Nova Scotia but are working in Alberta, or you live in Ontario but are going to university in Alberta, you can get the vaccine for free. You can find an immunization clinic near you at
Immunization Clinic Schedule.
Getting immunized is one of the best ways to prevent influenza. It’s a good idea for everyone in Alberta to get immunized, even healthy people not at risk of complications. If you have influenza, you can be sick for 5 to 10 days, but it can take weeks to fully recover. By protecting yourself, you help protect people around you who are at risk of complications from influenza. If more people are protected, less people will get sick from influenza.
It’s a good idea for everyone to get immunized for influenza
every year. Influenza vaccine is the best way to decrease the chances that you will get influenza and spread it to others.
Even if you have had influenza disease (including H1N1) before, it is still important to get immunized every year. The strains circulating this year may be different than the one you had before.
If you’re pregnant (or planning to get pregnant), it’s safe to get immunized with the inactivated influenza vaccine (injection). If you’re breastfeeding, it’s safe to get immunized with the inactivated influenza vaccine (injection).
If you have a latex allergy, it’s safe to get the vaccine. There is no latex in the vaccine, the packaging, or the syringe.
Yes, it’s safe to get the inactivated vaccine (injection) if you take most types of medicine.
Yes, the inactivated influenza vaccine (injection) can be given at the same time or any time before or after other inactivated or live vaccines.
If you get the inactivated influenza vaccine (injection), you have to wait
48 hours (2 days) before you can donate blood.
If you’ve donated blood, you don’t have to wait to get the influenza vaccine.
It takes about 2 weeks after getting the vaccine to be protected from influenza. You can be protected for up to 1 year. The vaccine won’t protect you from colds or other respiratory illnesses not caused by influenza.
How well the influenza vaccine works can vary widely from season to season. It also depends on the age and health of the person being immunized. When the influenza strains in the vaccine are the same as the strains in the community, influenza illness can be prevented in healthy adults and older children.
Research shows that the vaccine can decrease:
Current as of: October 4, 2019
Author: Influenza Immunization Program, Alberta Health Services
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