Flu Shots 2020 UPDATE

** SMDHU recommends that Immunization should not be delayed if your preferred vaccine is unavailable.**

As vaccines are still limited, regular Influenza vaccines will be prioritized as follows:

We will prioritize the following individuals at high risk:

  • All pregnant women (at any stage of pregnancy)
  • People who are residents of Long Term Care Homes or other chronic care facilities
  • People ≥ 65 years of age
  • All children 6-59 months of age
  • Indigenous peoples
  • Adults or children with chronic health conditions as follows:
    • cardiac or pulmonary disorders
    • diabetes mellitus or other metabolic disease
    • cancer
    • conditions which compromise the immune system
    • renal disease
    • anemia or hemoglobinopathy
    • oneurologic or neurodevelopmental conditions
    • morbid obesity (body mass index of ≥40)
    • children 6 months to 18 years of age undergoing treatment with acetylsalicylic acid for long periods

Also high priority are the following Individuals:

  • Health care workers and other care providers in facilities and community settings
  • Household contacts (adults and children) of individuals at high risk of influenza related complications (includes household contacts of infants less than 6 months of age, and household members expecting a newborn during the influenza season)
  • Persons who provide care to children ≤59 months of age
  • Those who provide services in a closed/relatively closed setting to persons at high risk (e.g. crew on a ship)

In addition, influenza vaccine is strongly recommended for individuals that work in essential community services and the swine and poultry industry.