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Get the flu shot not the flu

All individuals over the age of 6 months should receive their flu vaccine as soon as possible. Influenza vaccine continues to be available from local health care providers or participating pharmacies. Vaccine supply in Simcoe Muskoka is currently low and we are awaiting more deliveries in December.

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.

This year’s flu season is taking place at the same time as COVID-19. Don’t take any unnecessary risks with your health. Get the flu shot and get it early.

The flu shot is recommended for everyone six months of age and older. It is:

  • safe (including for kids and if you are pregnant or breastfeeding)
  • free even if you do not have an Ontario Health Card
  • available from your doctor or nurse practitioner, and at participating pharmacies across the province
  • proven to reduce the number of doctor visits, hospitalizations and deaths related to the flu
  • different each year because the virus changes frequently – so you need to get it every fall.

Six months to four years old:

  • doctor or nurse practitioner
  • if you do not have a health care provider, you can make an appointment with the health unit by calling 705-721-7520 or 1-877-721-7520

 

Five years old and up:

  • free, even if you do not have an Ontario Health Card
  • doctor or nurse practitioner
  • participating pharmacy

As we are made aware of local flu clinics we will post them here. Please note not all clinics share their information with us so this list may not be inclusive.

West Simcoe 

 North Simcoe 

  • Midland - North Simcoe Family Health Team

 Barrie

Barrie & Community Family Medicine Clinics

125 Bell Farm Road, Suite #101, Barrie
Monday to Friday 5:00pm to 9:00pm
Weekends 9:00am to 3:00pm

829 Prince  William Way, Unit D12, Barrie
Monday to Friday 8:00am to 9:00pm
Weekends 9:00am to 3:00pm

For more information

If you'd like more details about the flu vaccine or influenza program

 

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