Vaccine Availability Update: February 22, 2019
The influenza vaccine remains available to health care providers and long-term care facilities in limited quantities. See order form below. Note that Flumist (Q-LAIV) is out of stock and not available for order.
As flu vaccine supply is limited, please consider prioritizing any remaining doses of quadrivalent inactivated vaccine (QIV) to populations that pharmacies are unable to immunize (i.e. children between 6 months and 4 years of age, institutionalized individuals).
See the 2018-2019 Influenza vaccine order form (PDF). Fax completed forms to (807) 625-4828. For more information:
- Contact Nicole O'Quinn at (807) 625-8810 or toll-free at 1 (888) 294-6630, ext. 8810.
- Send an email to email@example.com
Universal Influenza Immunization Program (UIIP) Website
- Visit the Ministry's Universal Influenza Program website.
2018-2019 Influenza vaccination recommendations for age groups: Information for healthcare providers
- All children and adolescents 6 months to <18 years of age should receive a quadrivalent influenza vaccine.
- Children 6 months to <2 years of age should receive injectable quadrivalent inactivated influenza vaccines (QIV).
- Children and adolescents 2 years to 17 years of age can receive either quadrivalent live attenuated influenza vaccine (LAIV) by nasal spray or quadrivalent inactivated vaccine by injection (QIV). For children with no contraindications for LAIV, this choice may depend on whether the child prefers a nasal spray or injection.
- All adults 18 and over can receive the QIV by injection. Seniors 65 years and over can receive the QIV injection or the high-dose trivalent inactivated vaccine by injection (High-dose TIV). Given the options available for vaccination for those ≥65 years of age, it is important to discuss the specifics of each available vaccine to assist the individual in their decision making. According to the National Advisory Committee on Immunization (NACI), there is currently no data on how high-dose TIV (Fluzone High-Dose) compares to QIV products in seniors 65 years and older. Either vaccine will provide protection against the flu. Do not delay vaccination for a particular product; the most important thing is for seniors to be vaccinated.
- See the MOHLTC's 2018-2019 UIIP website for more details.
*Note that Fluzone High-Dose for seniors 65+ is not available in pharmacies; it is available only through health care providers (i.e. physicians and nurse practitioners) and other settings like long-term care homes and hospitals.
- National Advisory Committee on Immunization: Influenza Chapter and recommendations for 2018-2019
- Health Care Provider Q&A: General Information
- Health Care Provider Q&A: Information for individuals 6 months to 17 years of age
- Health Care Provider Q&A: Information for individuals 18 to 64 years of age
- Health Care Provider Q&A: Information for individuals ≥65 years of age
Patient Fact Sheets
- Flu Shot 2018 Factsheets for Children & Adults
- Quadrivalent: 6 months through 17 years of age
- Quadrivalent Live Attenuated (Q-LAIV) (FluMist®) 2 through 17 years of age
- Trivalent Inactivated: For individuals 18 years of age and older
For Further Information
Call the Vaccine Preventable Disease program: (807) 625-5900
or toll-free 1-888-294-6630