2020-2021 season –updated on Oct 3, 2020
THIS YEAR, GET YOUR FLU SHOT AT SINA PHARMACY
NOTE: Flu shots will only be available through our pharmacy. Patients of the clinic need to also book their flu shot appointment through the pharmacy as our doctors will be not be administering the flu shot this year.
Step 1: Check to see if you qualify for public flu-shot.
Step 2: Book an appointment (only if you qualify for public flu-shot)
Step 3: Fill out the COVID questionnaire and flu shot consent form
Step 4: Upload and return a copy of your completed form right after making your appointment.
Step 5: Read the instruction below about how to prepare and come in person for your appointment.
1. DO YOU QUALIFY FOR PUBLIC FLU SHOT?
OPTION 1: I am a person at high risk of serious illness from influenza:
⊗ children 6 months to less than 5 years of age;
⊗ pregnant women who are at any stage of pregnancy during the influenza season (typically spanning November to April)
⊗ seniors 65 years and older;
⊗ residents of any age living in residential care, assisted living or other group facilities;
⊗ Aboriginal people;
⊗ children and teenagers required to take Aspirin® or ASA for long periods of time due to a medical condition; and
⊗ children and adults with certain medical conditions, including:
* heart or lung disorders that require regular medical care, such as asthma, chronic obstructive pulmonary disease, or cystic fibrosis;
* kidney disease, chronic liver disease such as hepatitis, diabetes, cancer, anemia, or weakened immune system;
* those with health conditions causing difficulty breathing, swallowing, or a risk of choking on food or fluids, such as people with severe brain damage, spinal cord injury, seizures or neuromuscular disorders; and
* those who are very obese (i.e. BMI >= 40)
OPTION 2: I am able to transmit or spread influenza to those at high risk of serious illness from influenza including:
⊗ household contacts of people at high risk;
⊗ household contacts, caregivers and daycare staff of children under 5 years of age;
⊗ doctors, nurses and others working in health care settings who have contact with patients;
⊗ visitors to health care facilities and other patient care locations
⊗ people who live or work in confined settings, such as correctional facilities; and
⊗ those who provide care or service to people at high risk in potential outbreak settings such as cruise ships.
Other groups who are also eligible to receive the flu shot for free include:
⊗ people who provide essential community services such as police officers, firefighters and ambulance attendants; and
⊗ farmers and other people who work with live poultry
IF ANY OF THE ABOVE CATEGORIES IS APPLIED TO YOU –> YOU WILL BE QUALIFIED TO RECEIVE THE PUBLICALY FUNDED FLU-SHOT FOR FREE THIS YEAR. PLEASE PROCEED TO STEP 2.
IF YOU DO NOT QUALIFY –> PLEASE DO NOT BOOK AN APPOINTMENT AS THE PRIVATE FLU-SHOT IS NOT AVAILABLE YET. YOU CAN PUT YOUR NAME IN OUR WAITLIST AND RESERVE YOUR SPOT (SEE STEP 4A).
2. BOOK YOUR APPOINTMENT
How to book your appointment: 1. select “Flu Shot Vaccination” from the Service tab below, 2. choose the appointment date and time, 3. provide your personal info, and 4. submit the data.
Reduce your risk and get your flu shot — All you need is your provincial health card & 10 minutes of your time.
3. COVID questionnaire and flu shot consent form
Patients are required to fill a form containing the COVID questionnaire and flu shot consent. This form will need to be filled out right after making an appointment and returned to us by uploading the completed file here. We will not accept a hard copy of the form.
4. Upload and return your Consent FOrm
Use the form below to upload your completed consent form. If you are unable to upload your file here, you can email us your consent form directly to firstname.lastname@example.org. Please make sure to write the subject line of your email as follows: “Flu Shot Consent Form – YourLastName, YourFirstName”.
4A. PUT YOUR NAME ON WAITLIST FOR PRIVATE FLU SHOT
If you do not qualify for the public flu-shot this season (see Step 1 for qualifications) , you can provide your information below and we will contact you once the private flu-shot becomes available.
5. instructions about how to prepare and come in person for your appointment
- Have your BC Care Card or BC Services Card ready for patient identification
- Wear a mask or face covering to help protect yourself and our staff giving your injection
- Wait in your car or outside the store and call when you get here. We will let you know when it is safe to come into the pharmacy.
- Upon entering our facility, please sanitize your hands right away using the sanitizer by the entrance doors and follow the instruction on how to enter the room for receiving your vaccine.
- There will be no public bathrooms for use during flu vaccination appointments.
- Please wear a short sleeve shirt to make it easy for our pharmacist to give you the shot in your arm.
- You will be asked to wait for around 15 minutes after the shot just in case you have a rare reaction to the shot.
- To avoid having too many patients waiting around in the pharmacy please stay sitted after your appointment and if you would like to browse around to pickup products please ask for staff help to minimize your time in the pharmacy and allow other patients to enter safely.
- If you start to develop any cold or flu-like symptoms before your appointment we ask that you stay home and do not come in. We would be happy to re-schedule your appointment. If you need to cancel or reschedule for any other reason, we do ask that you please give 24 hours notice.
- Please come in on your own, without additional persons or children, unless you require the assistance of a caregiver.
- Please bring in as few belongings as possible as there will not be any space to put additional belongings.
- We are unable to provide the injectable flu vaccine for children under the age of 5 years due to College restrictions.
- Your temperature will be taken at the start of the appointment and if your are exhibiting a fever we will not be able to provide you with the vaccine on that day.
Frequently Asked Questions
|Fever||Rare||Unusual, high fever (102 F / 39C – 104F / 40C), sudden onset, lasts 3-4 days|
|Headache||Rare||Unusual, can be severe|
|General aches & pains||Sometimes, mild||Unusual, often severe|
|Fatigue and weakness||Sometimes, mild||Usual, severe, may last 2-3 weeks or more|
|Extreme fatigue||Unusual||Usual, early onset, can be severe|
|Runny, stuffy nose||Common||Common|
|Chest discomfort, coughing||Sometimes, mild to moderate||Usual, can become severe|
|Complications||Can lead to sinus congestion or earache||Can lead to pneumonia & respiratory failure, worsen a current chronic condition, be life-threatening|
|Prevention||Frequent hand-washing||Annual vaccination and frequent hand-washing|
- A/Guangdong-Maonan/SWL1536/2019 (H1N1)pdm09-like virus;
- A/Hong Kong/2671/2019 (H3N2)-like virus;
- B/Washington/02/2019-like virus; and
- B/Phuket/3073/2013-like virus (in quadrivalent vaccines only)
- Trivalent Inactivated Influenza Vaccines (TIIV ): Agriflu® (DIN: 66124873), Fluviral® (DIN: 66124765), Fluzone® High-Dose (DIN: 66128275), Fluad® (66124872)
- Quadrivalent Inactivated Influenza Vaccines (QIIV ): Flumist® Quadrivalent (DIN: 66128276), Flulaval® Tetra (DIN: 66128005), Fluzone® Quadrivalent (DIN: 66128073)
- Trivalent inactivated influenza vaccine (TIV): Agriflu® (DIN: 02346850), Fluad® (DIN: 02362384), Fluzone® (DIN: 02420643), Influvac® (DIN: 02484854)
- Quadrivalent inactivated influenza vaccine (QIIV ): Flulaval® Tetra (DIN: 240783), Fluzone® Quadrivalent (DIN: 2420643), Fluzone HD® (DIN: 02445646)