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Flu vaccine 2023 Q&A

Who can get the flu shot at the pharmacy?

  • We can administer vaccines to individuals 2 years of age and older.


Is there a nasal flu vaccine for children?

  • Nasal flu shot “ FluMist® “will NOT be publicly funded for the 2023/2024 influenza season, however, it may be purchased privately at a pharmacy.


Covid-19 and influenza vaccine co-administration


  • All available influenza vaccines (i.e., QIV-HD, TIV-adj, and QIV) may be given at the same time with other vaccines, or at any time before or after, other vaccines, including COVID-19 vaccine for individuals 5 years of age and older ONLY*

  • Co-administration with COVID-19 vaccine is NOT currently recommended for individuals 6 months to under 5 years of age. It is advised to wait 14 days between vaccine products when administering COVID-19 vaccine and other vaccines to prevent mistakenly connecting an adverse event to one particular vaccine 


Shingles “Shingrix "and influenza vaccine co-administration

  • There are no direct studies on the co-administration of Shingrix® with Fluad® (TIV-adj) or Fluzone® High-Dose Quadrivalent (QIV-HD).

  •  With Fluad®, it is unknown how the adjuvants may interact when Shingrix® is co-administered.

  • If given by injection at the same time, separate limbs should be used if possible. Alternatively, the injections may be administered into the same muscle separated by at least 2.5 cm (1”). Different immunization equipment (needle and syringe) must be used for each vaccine. 


Seniors older than 65 years of age will have 3 vaccines options:


  • Adjuvanted Trivalent Inactivated Vaccine “ Fluad”: protects against 3 influenza strains 

  • Quadrivalent Inactivated Vaccine: protects against 4 influenza strains 

  • High-Dose Quadrivalent Inactivated Vaccine “ Fluzone HD”: protects against 3 influenza strains 


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