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Get the flu shot, not the flu

Influenza is a serious respiratory illness caused by a virus. The flu vaccine is now available to everyone 6 months of age and older.

Due to continuing demands of the COVID-19 response, the health unit will not be hosting flu clinics during the 2021-2022 season.

This year, flu vaccines are available at the following locations:

  • Family doctors’ offices and some walk-in clinics for adults and children over 6 months of age.
  • Participating pharmacies for adults and children aged 2 years and over.

If you do not have a family doctor and have a child between the ages of 6 months and 2 years, please call Health Connection at 705-721-7520 or 1-877-721-7520 for assistance in finding a location for your child’s immunization.

While it is recommended that everyone 6 months of age and older get the flu shot, some individuals are more vulnerable to complications and hospitalization from the flu and are encouraged to get the flu shot as soon as possible.

Those considered high-risk include: 

• Individuals who are pregnant
• People who are residents of nursing homes or other chronic care facilities 
• People 65 years of age and older
• All children 6 months to 4 years of age 
• Indigenous peoples 
• Adults or children 6 months of age and over with chronic health conditions
• Healthcare providers 

Respiratory illnesses like the flu spread easily between people and animals. Swine, poultry, and animal shelter workers are encouraged to get the flu shot as early as possible to prevent the spread of flu viruses between human and animal populations. 

By getting your shot, you are protecting yourself, as well as those around you. 

Don’t take any unnecessary risks with your health. Get the flu shot and get it early.

This year’s flu season is taking place at the same time as COVID-19. Although seasonal flu and COVID-19 are both contagious respiratory illnesses, they are caused by different viruses. The flu shot will not protect against COVID-19, but it will help reduce the risk of getting the flu and COVID-19 at the same time, which could put individuals at a higher risk for severe complications. Therefore, it is recommended that all eligible individuals receive both their influenza vaccine and their full dose of COVID-19 vaccine. In keeping with guidance from the National Advisory on Immunization  (NACI), individuals who have not received two doses of the COVID-19 vaccines are able to receive both the COVID-19 and flu vaccines at the same time. 

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Page last updated: November 16, 2021

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