Influenza vaccine FAQ
Do I have to pay to get a flu shot?
If you have a valid Alberta Health Care card, you should qualify for the publicly supplied influenza vaccine.
When will flu shots be available?
Flu shots will be available on October 24, 2016. It is advised to get a flu shot as early as possible. It takes some time for the vaccine to take effect so the sooner you get it, the sooner you can receive benefit from it.
Why can’t you vaccinate my child under 9 years old?
Children under 9 that wish to access the flu shot must do so through an Alberta Health Services public health program or at a specially certified physician’s office. Our clinic (and other pharmacies across the province) are not allowed to use our stock of provincial flu vaccine for children under 9 as it would violate our contract with the Alberta government. There are no exceptions.
Do you have the flu vaccine in nasal spray form?
Flumist will be available at our clinic. There has been a lot of new information released about Flumist regarding its effectiveness. The Alberta government is making doses available to us, so we will offer it as an option to individuals 9 to 59 years old, particularly if they are extremely afraid of needles. Ask at your appointment for more information.
Are you going to be offering extended hours during flu season? How can I get the latest updates regarding available appointment or drop in times?
Where are you located?
We are at #404 – 191 Edwards Way SW in Airdrie. You can see a map of our location at our Contact Us page.
How long is a flu shot appointment?
An appointment should take about 20 minutes. You will need to fill out a short assessment form, and then be assessed by one of our pharmacists. If everything looks okay, they will administer the flu shot. We expect that you will wait around for at least 15 minutes to ensure that you do not faint or develop a reaction. This is rare but we want to make sure you don’t have any problems.