This week is your first chance to take advantage of the free flu vaccine which will hit doctor’s offices, local public health units and community immunization clinics.
Those wishing to be pro active and better protect themselves against the flu virus and stay healthy can take advantage of the approximately 2,600 pharmacies across the province as an alternate option, providing they are five years of age and older.
The flu can be serious as the respiratory infection that can lead to hospitalization and even death.
“Anyone can get the flu. So we’re reminding Ontarians to get the flu shot as soon as it’s available.” said Ontario’s Minister of Health and Long-Term Care Dr. Eric Hoskins. “Especially those at a high risk of serious complications from the flu, such as young children, pregnant women and seniors. Getting the flu shot is free, easy and the best way to protect yourself and your loved ones.”
— Christina Stevens (@StevensGlobal) October 24, 2016
Children under five, pregnant women and seniors are especially at risk of getting seriously ill from the flu. The vaccine is very safe and helps to protect against the most common strains of the virus.
The immunizations are a part of the government’s ‘Patients First: Action Plan for Health Care’, which provides patients with faster access to care at home and in the community.
In 2015-16, approximately 2,500 participating pharmacies administered more than 869,000 doses of publicly funded influenza vaccine.
The flu vaccine is offered free of charge to anyone over the age of six months who either lives, works, or goes to school in Ontario.
To find out where you can get the flu shot, click here.