Flu shots available to Yukoners in October

On October 24, flu shots will be offered to high-risk Yukoners, seniors and Elders over the age of 65. Appointments for the general public aged six months and older will start the week of October 31. 

High-risk Yukoners include people who are pregnant, have a chronic medical condition, infants and children age six to 59 months, residents of long-term care, health care providers, household contacts of those at high-risk, child care workers and workers that provide essential community services.  

Enhanced influenza vaccines will be available and are recommended for Yukoners aged 65 and older, who have an increased risk of severe influenza illness.

Online appointments in Whitehorse will be available starting Friday, October 14. Appointments for flu vaccines will also be available at participating pharmacies. In the communities flu shots will be offered at local health care centres. 

COVID-19 vaccines and boosters can be administered at the same time as a flu shot and only one appointment is required.

As we approach flu season, Yukoners are encouraged to stay up to date with their vaccines, including immunization against influenza. This is the best way to maintain personal health, protect your family and friends and reduce pressures on our health services. I encourage all Yukoners to do their part and keep up to date on vaccines. 

Minister of Health and Social Services Tracy-Anne McPhee

The flu vaccine has been proven to not only reduce the number of doctors’ visits, hospitalizations and deaths related to the flu but also can be taken with the COVID-19 vaccine safely. The combination will maximize protection against the highly contagious respiratory illnesses. 

Yukon Chief Medical Officer of Health Dr. Sudit Ranade

Quick facts 
  • Flu shot information including clinic dates and times will be updated in October.

  • For residents in most rural communities, bivalent boosters will be available at their community clinic in October. They can contact their local health centre for more information.

Media contact 

Renée Francoeur
Cabinet Communications

Samantha Henney
Communications, Health and Social Services

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