GNWT HSS

Flu / Influenza

Influenza, or more commonly called the flu, is a serious infectious disease that can spread fast through the coughs and sneezes of people who are carrying the influenza virus. The flu can cause serious complications requiring hospitalization, and even resulting in death. It can hit anyone – it does not matter how fit, active or healthy you may be.

The most effective way to protect yourself and others from the flu is to get the flu shot each year in the fall. The flu shot is free of charge in the NWT.

Children can receive the flu vaccine through a nasal spray. This is available in all NWT communities and is most effective for children between the ages of two and 17. The nasal spray is free of charge in the NWT.

For more information, talk to your nurse or doctor.

  • Check back mid October for Community Flu Walk-In Schedules.

For more information on the flu, please click on the following links to the FightFlu.ca website:

Publications (Public Health Agency of Canada)