Get vaccinated. Don't spread the flu.

Seasonal Flu

To protect yourself and your friends and family from getting influenza (flu), Manitoba Health, Seniors and Active Living is encouraging all Manitobans to get a free flu vaccine EARLY fall and EVERY fall.

For the 2017-18 season, an annual flu vaccine is especially important for those at increased risk of serious illness from the flu, their caregivers and close contacts. This includes:

  • People 65 years of age and older
  • Residents of personal care homes or long-term care facilities
  • Children six to 59 months of age
  • Individuals with the following chronic health conditions:
    • An immune system weakened by disease or medical treatment
    • Cardiac or pulmonary disorders (ex: cystic fibrosis, asthma)
    • Individuals aged six months to 18 years on long-term acetylsalicylic acid (Aspirin®) therapy
    • Neurologic or neurodevelopmental conditions
    • Diabetes and other metabolic diseases
    • Renal disease
    • Anemia or hemoglobinopathy
    • Obesity (body mass index ≥ 40)
  • Pregnant women
  • Health care workers and first responders
  • Regular caregivers of children up to five years of age
  • Indigenous peoples

Manitobans over the age of 65 should also get a pneumococcal (Pneu-P-23) vaccine at the same time as the flu vaccine.  Both the flu and the Pneu-P-23 vaccine are offered at no charge for people aged 65 and older as well as to some people two years of age and older who are at increased risk of pneumococcal infection. The Pneu-P-23 vaccine helps protect against pneumococcal disease, including a serious type of pneumonia, blood infections and meningitis. Most people need only one dose of Pneu-P-23 vaccine. Some people living with certain medical conditions require a second dose of Pneu-P-23 vaccine; talk to your health care provider to determine if/when a second dose is required.

To get your free flu vaccine and/or Pneu-P-23 vaccine, visit your local public health office, nursing station, doctor's office, pharmacy, QuickCare Clinic, ACCESS Centre, or the nearest immunization clinic. Remember to contact your health care provider first to check for flu and/or Pneu-P-23 vaccine availability. Your local pharmacist can provide immunization services to people 7 years of age and older.

Remember! Your local pharmacist can also provide immunization services to people 7 years of age and older.   

If you have any questions about seasonal flu or pneumococcal immunization:

Speak with a health care provider or call Health Links – Info Santé at:

204-788-8200 in Winnipeg or toll-free 1-888-315-9257