Publicly funded influenza vaccine is provided for individuals who are at high risk for influenza related complications as well as for members of their households through Public Health Offices, some pharmacies, family physicians, midwives and other health care providers.
Seasonal influenza vaccine is available free of charge to the following New Brunswick residents by many different immunization providers through a variety of programs:
- Adults and children with chronic health conditions:
- cardiac or pulmonary disorders (including bronchopulmonary dysplasia, cystic fibrosis and asthma);
- diabetes mellitus and other metabolic diseases;
- cancer, immune compromising conditions (due to underlying disease and/or therapy);
- renal disease;
- anemia or hemoglobinopathy;
- neurologic or neurodevelopment conditions. These include seizure disorders, febrile seizures and isolated developmental delay in children and neuromuscular, neurovascular, neurodegenerative, neurodevelopmental conditions and seizure disorders in adults, but excludes migraines and neuropsychiatric conditions without neurological conditions;
- conditions that compromise the management of respiratory secretions and are associated with an increased risk of aspiration;
- morbid obesity (BMI≥40); and
- children and adolescents ( ages 6 months to 18 years) undergoing treatment for long periods with acetylsalicylic acid, because of the potential increase of Reye’s syndrome associated with influenza.
- People of any age who are residents of nursing homes and other chronic care facilities.
- People ≥65 years of age.
- Healthy children 6 months to 18 years of age.
- Pregnant women.
- Aboriginal people.
- People capable of transmitting influenza to those at high risk:
- household contacts (adults and children) of individuals at high risk of influenza-related complications (whether or not the individual at high risk has been immunized), as listed in first bullet;
- household contacts of infants <6 months of age;
- household contacts of children 6 months to 59 months;
- members of a household expecting a newborn during the influenza season; and
- health care workers.
All healthy persons aged 19 to 64 years who do not have contraindications to influenza vaccine are also encouraged to receive influenza vaccine.
Publicly funded influenza immunization in New Brunswick is available from health care providers, Public Health Offices (children six to 59 months), and some pharmacies. 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 three major modes: primary care providers, Public Health nurses, and certified pharmacists.
Public Health will be involved in the delivery of seasonal influenza through pediatric immunization clinics and dedicated influenza clinics.
Certified Pharmacists will be providing immunization to individuals in the following group:
- all adults and children ≥ 5 years with chronic health conditions;
- all adults aged ≥ 65 years;
- all children aged 5 to 18 years;
- pregnant women;
- Aboriginal people;
- household contacts (adults and children ≥ 5 years) of infants <6 months of age;
- household contacts (adults and children ≥ 5 years) of children 6 months to 59 months;
- members of a household (adults and children ≥ 5 years) expecting a newborn during influenza season;
- household contacts (adults and children ≥ 5 years) of individuals at high risk of influenza related complications (chronic health conditions).
Midwives will be providing immunization to individuals in the following group:
- pregnant women.
Some workplaces will also hold influenza immunization clinics. Please check with your employer to see if they are available.
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.