Patients

Your health and well-being are important to our Team. This page is frequently updated with information, tips and tools to help you and your family stay healthy. If you have any questions about your health, please speak with your family doctor or pharmacist.

Preparing for the flu season

This year, as we battle the COVID-19 pandemic, getting the influenza (flu) vaccine is more important than ever. In particular, we urge those in priority groups – children under five, pregnant women and people over 65 – to get the vaccine. Protect yourself and those around you by getting the flu shot early. 

Getting the flu shot is free for your whole family. Talk to your health care provider or local pharmacist about protecting yourself and those around you from the flu this year. As you may know, complications from the flu can be deadly for people with weakened immune systems. We can all do our part to protect the most vulnerable in our community by getting a flu shot this year.

Where to get a flu shot

6 months to age 4:

  • Your child can get the vaccine from your family doctor or primary care provider
  • Toronto Public Health flu clinics
  • Tips to reduce your child’s anxiety when getting a needle

Pregnant women:

  • Your family doctor or primary care provider
  • A pharmacy near you
  • Toronto Public Health flu clinics

5 to 64 year old:

  • Your family doctor or primary care provider
  • A pharmacy near you
  • Toronto Public Health flu clinics

65 and over

  • Your family doctor or primary care provider
  • A pharmacy near you
  • Toronto Public Health flu clinics

This year, getting the flu shot may look a little different to keep you safe.

What to expect when getting your flu shot

Below you'll find an overview of what to expect when getting vaccinated

You will be asked to wear a mask

You will be screened for COVID-19. This can happen over the phone before you arrive, or at the time of your appointment/visit. A member of the team will ask you a series of questions and take your temperature before giving you the flu shot

You will have to be physically distanced (two metres or six feet apart) from those around you until it is your turn to get the vaccine

The physician, nurse or pharmacist giving you the vaccine will be wearing personal protective equipment (PPE). This means they will be wearing gloves, a medical-grade mask and potentially a face shield

Tip: To make it easier for you to get the vaccine, we recommend you wear a loose-fitting top that can easily be rolled up to expose your upper arm

Did you know:

You can use the same techniques to protect yourself from the flu and COVID-19

Wash your hands with soap frequently for at least 15 seconds. Make sure to scrub your palms, the backs of your hands and in between your fingers

When in public, try to remain six feet apart from others

Wear a mask when you are in public or around people you do not live with

Sneeze or cough into your elbow or upper sleeve instead of your hands. If you use a tissue, throw it out instead of it in your pocket, on a desk or table

Avoid touching your face. The flu enters the body through the eyes, nose, or mouth

Disinfect the surfaces around you often. Viruses like the flu can live on your phone, keyboard, door handles, or steering wheel. Think of the places you and your family members touch often and clean them regularly

Stay home and rest if you are feeling unwell.

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