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Flu season winds down

April 19, 2023
The Alberta Influenza Immunization Program has ended for the season.

The 2022-23 Alberta Influenza Immunization program came to an end on March 31, 2023.

Pharmacies were once again the most common destination for Albertans to receive their influenza immunizations. Of the more than 1.26 million Albertans who were immunized from influenza, nearly 970,000 received their vaccine from a pharmacist. Overall, 28 per cent of Albertans were immunized during the 2022-23 influenza season.

Even though the immunization program has ended for the 2022-23 season, children five to nine years of age who are eligible for a second dose of influenza vaccine can receive it under the program until April 30, 2023. Pharmacy teams that no longer have influenza vaccine available should refer patients to another healthcare provider.

Details on reconciliation and destruction of unused and expired provincially funded influenza vaccine can be found in Alberta Blue Cross Pharmacy Benefact #1100. Destruction must occur in accordance with the Standards for the Operation of Licensed Pharmacies (Standard 5.16).

For more information, visit ACP’s Seasonal influenza information webpage.