Find out where residents can get the flu vaccine in Niagara. Learn about immunization delivery during COVID-19.
Influenza vaccination is expected to be particularly important during the COVID-19 pandemic, benefiting individuals, the larger community and the overall health system. Make a strong recommendation for your patients to get the flu shot.
Each year, the Ministry of Health provides publicly funded influenza vaccine through the Universal Influenza Immunization Program.
Public Health supports Niagara's health care professionals in implementing this program by providing:
An influenza vaccination should be offered to all patients who are six months of age and older this fall, unless contraindicated.
The initial allotment of influenza vaccine should be used for vulnerable and high-risk groups, including:
Groups considered to be high-risk are residents of long-term care and retirement homes, other chronic care and congregate facilities, and those 65 years of age and older.
Immunization of the general population commences when the Ministry of Health does the official launch of the 2020-2021 Universal Influenza Immunization Program.
FluMist won't be available as part of the publicly funded program for the 2020-2021 influenza season.
Vaccine orders may include both multi-dose vials and pre-filled syringes. Make the necessary room in your vaccine fridge to accommodate the packaging. Pre-filled syringes will require the addition of a 1-inch to 1.5-inch safety-engineered needle tip.
In anticipation of a cold chain inspection before receiving influenza vaccine, review how to monitor the vaccine fridge temperature and how to handle a cold chain excursion.
As a primary care provider, your initial allotment of the publicly funded influenza vaccine is based on the products and quantities that Public Health receives. We aim for an equitable distribution to all health care providers interested in participating in the Universal Influenza Immunization Program.
The distribution of influenza vaccine doses is expected to begin in late September to Public Health Units and continue across the province in October when additional doses are received from manufacturers. Public Health will send you a letter detailing 2020-2021 influenza information including the specifics about your initial allotment of influenza vaccine.
After you receive your initial allotment in October, you will be able to order more flu vaccine from Public Health using the Seasonal Influenza Vaccine order form.
Public Health is unable to take your unused influenza vaccine back to use or redistribute. To help ensure less waste, only order influenza vaccine in amounts that you're certain your office can use. You can order more vaccine as required.
Pharmacies have a different distributor for the influenza vaccine (not Public Health).
Pharmacies that have successfully completed the prequalification process need to refer to the Universal Influenza Immunization Program or contact the Ministry of Health for information related to vaccine ordering, return, reporting and reimbursement. The Ministry of Health will notify all approved pharmacies in an email before the launch of the 2020-2021 Universal Influenza Immunization Program in fall 2020.
The Ministry of Health will notify all approved vaccine providers in an email before the launch of the 2020-2021 Universal Influenza Immunization Program in fall 2020. Facilities that have successfully completed the pre-qualification process can order from Public Health using the Universal Influenza Immunization Program order form.
The following measures should be considered regardless of how you offer the influenza vaccine to patients:
If you're considering a satellite, temporary or off-site location to hold a flu clinic, here's a list of resources. Remember that Canadian guidance prevails in the event of any conflict with the following international resources:
Refer to the Guidance for influenza vaccine delivery in the presence of COVID-19 for additional adaptions recommended by National Advisory Committee on Immunization.
For more information, call the Vaccine Preventable Disease program at 905-688-8248 or 1-888-505-6074 ext. 7396 from Monday to Friday, 8:30 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.