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Flu Vaccine 2017-2018


Flu shots are now available to the general public at many pharmacies and from health care providers throughout Simcoe Muskoka. 

You can quickly locate a pharmacy providing flu shots near you with this provincial tool.

Why bother with a flu shot? Read up about influenza

See here for our influenza illness fact sheet.

Please note that children under the age of five are not able to be vaccinated at pharmacies. Please connect with your personal health care provider instead. Those who have children under the age of five who do not have a health care provider, and those who do not have an Ontario health card number can make an appointment with the health unit by calling 705-721-7520 or 1-877-721-7520. 

Who needs the flu shot?

The free flu shot is available for everyone in Ontario six months of age and over. The flu is a serious respiratory illness caused by a virus. Anyone can get influenza, but those over 65, young children and people with chronic medical conditions or who are pregnant are more vulnerable and can develop complications such as pneumonia. By getting your shot, you are protecting yourself, as well as those around you. 

If you'd like more details about the flu vaccine the Ministry of Health has created fact sheets about the current vaccines available:

MOHLTC adults

MOHLTC kids

MOHLTC Flumist A nasal spray vaccine called FluMist is now available for children between the ages of 2 and 17.

 

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