After two years of low influenza activity, a sharp rise in pediatric influenza cases and hospitalizations has occurred early in the influenza season.
Dear primary care providers,
After two years of low influenza activity, a sharp rise in pediatric influenza cases and hospitalizations has occurred early in the influenza season. Children, particularly those under five years of age, people with certain chronic health conditions, pregnant individuals and people over the age of 65 are most vulnerable to severe illness or complications from influenza. Everyone over six months of age is eligible for an influenza vaccine. Pregnant individuals and caregivers of infants less than six months of age are strongly encouraged to get vaccinated to protect themselves and the infants they care for.
We would like to thank all health care workers who have offered influenza vaccines this season. Please encourage children to get vaccinated this year by using any remaining influenza vaccine in your office or by directing them to book an appointment through the Get Vaccinated System. Starting December 7, 2022 the neighborhood immunization clinics will offer walk-in appointments for all ages. Certain Public Health Units will offer walk-in clinics for children and their families on December 9 and 10, 2022. For clinic locations and walk-in hours please visit: Getting your flu shot - Fraser Health Authority.
Influenza vaccine remains available to support immunizing pediatric clients and their caregivers, pregnant individuals, people with chronic health conditions and people over the age of 65. Should you require additional vaccine, please use the online vaccine order request form.
Thank you for your ongoing support and partnership as we work together to respond to the influenza immunization needs of our communities.