The Government of British Columbia has recently announced that this season they will publicly fund FLUAD®, an inactivated, adjuvanted seasonal influenza vaccine indicated for all seniors residing in a community setting.1 This decision builds on a similar program adopted by the Government of Ontario to offer FLUAD® to all seniors in the community since 2019.
As the B.C. government noted in its announcement, enhanced influenza vaccines stimulate stronger immune responses to compensate for immune system weakening associated with aging, giving seniors better protection against influenza than standard-dose vaccines.1 The British Columbia Centre for Disease Control has affirmed the decision by stating that there is evidence from observational studies favouring the use of enhanced flu vaccines such as FLUAD® for adults 65 years of age and older when compared to standard-dose unadjuvanted influenza vaccines.2
“The Government of British Columbia’s decision to offer FLUAD® to adults 65 years of age and older will have a positive impact on the health of seniors within the province,” said Bertrand Roy, Ph.D., Country Head Medical Affairs Canada at CSL Seqirus. “By making enhanced influenza vaccine publicly available for seniors, B.C. is taking the right steps to protect seniors from influenza and help lessen the burden of influenza-related hospitalization on the province’s healthcare system.”
Influenza causes an average of 12,200 hospitalizations and approximately 3,500 deaths each year in Canada.3 Adults 65 years of age and older are at greater risk due to immunosenescence, the age-associated decline of the immune system. FLUAD® helps the body to produce antibodies against the virus meaning that when adults 65 years and older are exposed to the flu virus, their bodies are better able to defend themselves.4,5
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1 Government of B.C.: Province prepares for fall respiratory viruses, encourages people to get vaccinated: September 2022. Retrieved from https://news.gov.bc.ca/releases/2022HLTH0189-001458. Accessed September 2022.
2 BCCDC: Influenza vaccines for adults 65 years of age and older: Question and Answer Document: August 2022. Retrieved from http://www.bccdc.ca/resource-gallery/Documents/Guidelines%20and%20Forms/Guidelines%20and%20Manuals/Immunization/Vaccine%20Info/Influenza-vaccines-adults-65-older-QandA.pdf#page=1&zoom=100,93,649. Accessed September 2022.
3 Government of Canada. (2020). Canadian Immunization Guide Chapter on Influenza and Statement on Seasonal Influenza Vaccine for 2020–2021. Retrieved from: https://www.canada.ca/en/public-health/services/publications/vaccines-immunization/canadian-immunization-guide-statement-seasonal-influenza-vaccine-2020-2021.html. Accessed September 2022.
4 FLUAD® QUADRIVALENT (Influenza Vaccine, Adjuvanted). Holly Springs, NC: Seqirus Inc; 2019.
5 Frey SE, Aplasca-De Los Reyes MR, Reynales H, et al. (2014). Comparison of the safety and immunogenicity of an MF59®-adjuvanted with a non-adjuvanted seasonal influenza vaccine in elderly subjects. Vaccine. 2014;32:5027-5034.