Get the Flu Shot
October 15, 2020
North Central Co-op Pharmacies offer in-store flu shot immunizations. See your pharmacist today or pre-book your Flu Shot appointment by calling our pharmacy team to ensure your safety and convenience. Please print off and complete the Flu Shot Consent Form and Questionnaire before your appointment.

All individuals must live, work or go to school in Alberta, must be five years of age or older and must show their Alberta Health Care card to be eligible for flu shots. Don't forget to wear a short sleeve shirt.

What Infection Prevention and Control Measures are in place?

  • Patients will be asked to sanitize their hands with an alcohol based rub prior to receiving their vaccine.
  • Cleaning and disinfection of the immunization area (e.g., chairs, table, door handles) after each patient immunization. NOTE: Households can be immunized together.
  • Injecting pharmacists will wear protective PPE which includes masks and gloves.
  • Routine environmental cleaning, especially in frequently visited areas (e.g., waiting area door handles, washrooms) and on high-touch surfaces after 10 patients.

What to expect at your appointment?

Review what to except when getting your flu shot:

  • Before your appointment:
    • Self-screen for COVID-19 symptoms.
  • At the pharmacy:
    • Be prepared for screening before entering.
    • Wear a mask or face covering.
    • Wear loose clothing with short sleeves.
    • Arrive on time, not early.
    • Limit the number of people going with you.
  • Advance completion of the flu consent form. Consent forms will be emailed to all patients who have booked an appointment on-line in advance of the appointment. It is very important to complete this prior to your appointment day to ensure a contactless process.
  • Find a safe waiting area post-injection. Patients must remain in the store for 15 minutes post-injection to monitor for anaphylactic reactions.

Review post immunization after care guidance instructions:

  • Individuals who receive influenza immunization may experience side effects. These reactions are most often mild, develop within 24 hours and could last 24-48 hours.

Many of the reactions that can occur after the vaccine are similar to the symptoms of COVID-19 such as:

  • fever and/or chills
  • sore throat, cough or runny nose
  • feeling tired
  • headache or body aches
  • poor appetite, nausea, vomiting, stomach pain, or diarrhea
  • Individuals who develop the above symptoms should stay home.
  • If the symptoms resolve within 48 hours after onset, the individual can return to normal activities, unless they have been instructed to quarantine or isolate for other reasons.
  • If symptoms persist longer than 48 hours, and not related to a pre-existing illness or health condition, individuals must continue to stay home, contact Health Link at 811 or complete the online COVID-19 online self-assessment tool for testing.
  • If testing is not done: By law, individuals with fever, cough, runny nose, sore throat, or shortness of breath should remain at home for 10 days or until symptoms resolve, whichever is longer.
  • Individuals with any other symptoms on the symptom list should remain home until symptoms resolve.