The free flu vaccine will be available in Ontario starting this week, so that people can better protect themselves against the flu virus and stay healthy.
The vaccine will be available at doctor's offices, local public health units and community immunization clinics. Anyone five years of age and older can also be vaccinated for free by trained pharmacists at approximately 2,600 pharmacies across the province.
Influenza is a serious respiratory infection that can lead to hospitalization and even death. It's important to get the flu shot every year to protect yourself, and those around you. 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.
People are also reminded to take everyday measures to protect themselves from the flu:
Preventing the flu through immunization is part of the government's plan to build a better Ontario through its Patients First: Action Plan for Health Care, which provides patients with faster access to the right care; better home and community care; the information they need to live healthy; and a health care system that is sustainable for generations to come.
“Anyone can get the flu. So we’re reminding Ontarians to get the flu shot as soon as it’s available, 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.”
“The flu can cause mild to severe illness that can lead to serious complications including pneumonia. The influenza vaccine is safe and is the best defense against the flu. Protecting yourself from the flu by getting vaccinated also protects people around you, particularly those who are at greater risk of getting seriously ill from the flu.”
Dr. David Williams
“Getting a flu shot at your neighbourhood pharmacy is quick and it’s convenient. In fact, it has never been easier to get a flu shot in Ontario and it is the best way to protect your family, co-workers, friends and yourself from getting the flu.”
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