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Get Your Flu Shot and Get It Early

Posted on 29 October 2015 by admin

Ontarians Reminded Vaccination is the Best Defense Against the Flu

Ontarians are reminded to get their flu shots as the province kicks off its annual flu immunization program. The influenza vaccine remains the best protection against the flu virus.

Free flu vaccine is available for all Ontarians at their health care providers’ offices, participating public health units and at community and workplace flu immunization clinics. It is also available from trained pharmacists at approximately 2,500 pharmacies across Ontario for anyone five years of age and older.

 Children and youth aged two to 17 years will also be able to get the flu vaccine in the form of a nasal spray instead of an injection. The nasal spray flu vaccine will help offer broader protection against four flu viruses instead of three. The added protection is against an additional strain of type-B influenza which affects children and youth more frequently than adults.

 Parents will still have the option to vaccinate their children using an injection. The new injection for children and youth aged six months to 17 years will also protect against the same four viruses as the new nasal spray.

 Influenza—commonly called the “flu”—is more than a bad cold. It is a serious respiratory infection that can lead to hospitalization and even death, particularly for children under five, pregnant women, seniors and people with underlying health conditions. It takes about two weeks for the flu vaccine to give you protection against flu viruses. The sooner you get the shot, the sooner you can be protected.

 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.

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