Questions and Answers about Influenza and the Vaccine
The influenza virus strains for the 2013-2014 season are:
A/California/7/2009 (H1N1)pdm09-like virus (A/California/7/2009 NYMC X-179A)
A(H3N2) virus antigenically like the cell-propagated prototype virus A/Victoria/361/2011 (A/Texas/50/2012 NYMC X-223A)
B/Massachusetts/2/2012-like virus (B/Massachusetts/2/2012 NYMC BX-51B)
Where Can I get the flu shot this season?
The flu shot will be provided this year by some health care providers, local pharmacies and the Simcoe Muskoka District Health Unit. To find a pharmacy or health unit flu clinic near you, enter your address or postal code at this link. If you wish to book at a health unit flu clinic click here.
What if I am bringing a grandchild, or someone unable to provide their own consent to a health unit flu clinic?:
If you are bringing a young child OR, anyone unable to give their own informed consent to a health unit flu clinic and you are not the parent or legal guardian please note:
A signed consent form is required from the parent/legal guardian or power of attorney for this person. If there is no signed consent we are unable to provide the flu vaccine for that person.
This fact sheet will help with informed consent (English Version) (French Version).
Page Last Modified: Thursday, 07 November 2013.