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Feeling like crap is the best…said no one ever. So here’s where to get the flu shot

by | Jan 9, 2020 | Prevention

Quick! Name something Canada has in abundance. If you said, “beavers” (the animal), pat yourself on the back. If “maple syrup” was your reply, well played!

It would be surprising if you said, “places to get the flu shot,” but you would be 100-percent correct there as well. No matter where you live or how busy you are, there’s bound to be a nearby spot to get the quick shot, which is free for most Canadians.

Where to get the flu shot…

In Alberta
  • At one of 63 AHS Public Immunization Clinics.
  • Through many family doctors or nurse practitioners.
  • At participating pharmacies such as Shoppers Drug Mart, Rexall, Value Drug Mart and Safeway.
  • More info here.
In British Columbia
  • At one of 134 Public Health Clinics.
  • Through many family doctors and nurse practitioners.
  • At participating pharmacies such as Shoppers Drug Mart, Safeway, London Drugs and Pharmasave.
  • More info here.
In Manitoba
  • At public health offices, ACCESS Centres, and immunization clinics. 
  • Through many family doctors and nurse practitioners.
  • At participating pharmacies such as Shoppers Drug Mart, Sobey’s, Rexall and Walmart.
  • More info here.
In New Brunswick
  • At Public Health Offices.
  • Through many family doctors and nurse practitioners.
  • At participating pharmacies such as Shoppers Drug Mart, Familiprix, Pharmasave and Costco.
  • More info here.
In Newfoundland and Labrador
  • At Influenza Vaccination Clinics.
  • Through many family doctors and nurse practitioners.
  • At participating pharmacies such as Shoppers Drug Mart, Rexall, Walmart and Costco.
  • More info here.
In Northwest Territories
  • At dozens of Walk-In Flu Clinics in 30 communities.
  • Through many family doctors and nurse practitioners.
  • More info here. 
In Nova Scotia
  • At walk-in clinics and public health offices.
  • Through many family doctors and nurse practitioners.
  • At participating pharmacies such as Shoppers Drug Mart, Rexall, Walmart and Costco.
  • More info here.
In Nunavut
  • At 13 public health centres.
  • More info here.
In Ontario
  • Through many family doctors or nurse practitioners.
  • At some of the province’s 50 Public Health Units.
  • At participating pharmacies such as Shoppers Drug Mart, Costco, Guardian, IDA and Loblaws.
  • More info here.
In Prince Edward Island
  • At all Health PEI Public Health Nursing offices.
  • Through many family doctors or nurse practitioners.
  • At participating pharmacies such as Shoppers Drug Mart, Rexall and Walmart.
  • More info here.
In Quebec
  • At integrated health and social services centres or integrated university health and social services centres.
  • Through many family doctors or nurse practitioners.
  • At participating pharmacies such as Jean Coutu, Pharmaprix, Familiprix and Brunet.
  • More info here.
In Saskatchewan
  • At public health clinics.
  • Through many family doctors or nurse practitioners.
  • At participating pharmacies such as Shoppers Drug Mart, Rexall, Walmart and Safeway.
  • More info here.
In Yukon
  • At Public Clinics in 15 communities.
  • Through many family doctors or nurse practitioners.
  • More info here.

Heads up! Just to be on the safe side, be sure to call ahead to make sure the shot is available and free of charge, at any of the providers listed above.

Why get the flu shot?

If you think taking a few minutes to get the shot is a pain in the butt, consider the alternative: potentially being out of action for WEEKS should you catch the flu. The Man Flu is REAL! Plus, passing the illness on to children, seniors, pregnant women, and people with certain diseases and conditions can pose a serious health risk.

Get the shot, and say “f*ck you!” to the flu.

Got any sneaky tips for avoiding illness over the winter? Help out your fellow guys by sharing them in the comments below!

Adam Bisby
Adam Bisby

Adam Bisby is a Toronto-based freelance journalist and father of two. His award-winning stories have appeared in The Globe and Mail, Toronto Star and National Post newspapers, in magazines like Explore, Reader’s Digest, International Traveller and Canadian Family, and on websites including MSN, MSN Canada, and DontChangeMuch.ca. Visit Adam’s website for more details on his award winning work.

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