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Seasonal Influenza

Canadian public health authorities continue to offer four-strain quadrivalent influenza vaccines (QIVs). QIVs can help protect against four different influenza virus strains, including the two influenza A strains and two influenza B strains. QIVs help reduce the possibility of B strain mismatches, which could result in better protection against the flu, enhanced public confidence and better annual vaccine uptake.

Annual immunization is the most effective method of preventing influenza and its complications. The effects of the flu vaccine can wear off, so you need to get a new one every year to stay protected. It’s a simple action that can save lives.

Influenza immunization programs focus on three groups of people:

  • those at high risk of influenza-related complications
  • those capable of spreading influenza to individuals at high risk of complications
  • those who provide essential community services

With the immunization of nurses, CNA’s position is that they should receive the vaccine each year to protect themselves, their families and those in their care. Read CNA’s Influenza Immunization of Nurses [PDF, 125 KB] position statement for more details.

Update on the availability of the intranasal flu vaccine

According to the National Advisory Committee on Immunization (NACI), due to a drug shortage the intranasal flu vaccine, FluMist Quadrivalent, will not be available in Canada for the 2019-2020 influenza season. Therefore, no live attenuated influenza vaccine (LAIV) will be available in Canada this season. Read the statement from NACI for more information.

The available flu vaccines for the 2019-2020 season are administered intramuscularly, therefore nurses may need to consider pain management for children. Learn more about Immunize Canada’s 5 P’s of pain management.

2019-2020 seasonal influenza campaign

The Public Health Agency of Canada (PHAC) and Immunize Canada provide tools and resources to keep you informed throughout the flu season.

PHAC: posters, handouts, videos and guides on seasonal flu available on their website.

Immunize Canada: click the images below to download PDF files of this year’s influenza immunization resources or visit their website.

CNA’s activities