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Elmvale clinic provides flu shots for Springwater residents

Nov 06, 2012
Rural residents west of Barrie have at least one nearby clinic where they can get their flu shot.

Rural residents west of Barrie have at least one nearby clinic where they can get their flu shot.

It takes place in the Elmvale Community Centre on Nov. 17 between 1 and 7 p.m.

The clinic is one of 48 public clinics being run by the Simcoe Muskoka District Health Unit to provide the free vaccine to as many people as possible.

“We try to make the flu shot as easy to get as possible, so we offer appointments by phone or online, and there is usually time for drop-in business,” said Laurie Stanford, the manager of vaccine programs at the health unit. “We’re quite pleased as well that the province has allowed more flu shots to be provided through pharmacies this year – there are more opportunities than ever to make sure everyone is protected from influenza.”

Most appointments for the clinics are being booked online, but those without computers can also make arrangements by phone through Your Health Connection at 705-721-7520 or 1-877-721-7520 weekdays from 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.

Drop-in traffic is also accepted, although wait times will be longer and if all appointment slots are booked, people may be turned away.

Other clinics have been arranged in neighboring Midland, Wasaga Beach and Barrie.

Flu vaccine is also available through physicians. Pharmacies this year are now allowed to provide the flu shot as well. In Elmvale, Witfield’s Guardian Pharmacy is offering flu shots.

People can find more details about flu clinics at the health unit’s website at




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