Publicly funded influenza vaccine is provided for all New Brunswick residents. For the 2021-2022 influenza season, the Department of Health will be offering a Universal Seasonal Influenza Program through Public Health Offices, pharmacies, family physicians, midwives and other health care providers.
Seasonal influenza vaccine is available free of charge to all New Brunswick residents by many different immunization providers through a variety of programs. Those NB residents 65 years and older will receive a high dose influenza vaccine which is intended to give seniors a stronger immune response, and therefore, better protection against influenza.
Publicly funded influenza immunization in New Brunswick is available from health care providers, Public Health Offices (children six to 59 months), pharmacies, and long-term care facilities (licensed nursing homes and adult residential facilities). Influenza vaccine is usually given during the fall and can take up to two weeks before the vaccine provides protection against influenza.
Delivery of seasonal influenza vaccine
Seasonal influenza vaccine will be provided in New Brunswick through: primary care providers, Public Health nurses, New Brunswick Extramural Program health professionals and pharmacists.
Public Health will be involved in the delivery of seasonal influenza through pediatric immunization clinics and dedicated influenza clinics.
Pharmacists will be providing immunization to individuals in the following group:
• adults (including pregnant women and Aboriginal people) and children 2 years and older
Midwives will be providing immunization to individuals in the following group:
• pregnant women.
Some workplaces, including GNB, will also hold influenza immunization clinics. Please check with your employer to see if they are available.
For the 2021-2022 influenza season, vaccination services for residents of adult residential facilities are being planned to include the New Brunswick Extramural Program working in collaboration with other partners.
For more information regarding publicly funded influenza vaccines, please consult with your health care provider or contact your local Public Health Office, or your local pharmacy.