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Influenza Immunization Programs

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Influenza Immunization Programs

Ministry of Health

Ontario is moving into the third phase of the flu immunization program by offering the seasonal flu vaccine along with the H1N1 vaccine in a variety of settings across Ontario, such as workplace clinics and doctors' offices. Everyone is strongly encouraged to get both flu shots as soon as possible to protect themselves from illness and prevent the spread of flu in the community.

First Phase
Second Phase
Third Phase
Seasonal Flu Vaccine
  • 65 years and over
  • LTC residents

  • Everyone who wants and needs seasonal flu immunization
H1N1 Vaccine
  • Health care workers
  • Pregnant women
  • Children six months to four years
  • Remote and isolated communities
  • People 64 years and under with chronic medical conditions
  • Household contacts and care providers of persons at high risk who cannot be immunized or may not respond to vaccines. These include parents, grandparents and other care providers of infants under six months old
  • Youths five to 18 years
  • First responders
  • Poultry and swine workers
  • Adults 19 and older
  • H1N1 immunization continues concurrently with seasonal flu shots

October - November

November - April

Ontario has ordered six million doses of seasonal influenza vaccine for the 2009/10 UIIP.

This is the 10th year the province is offering seasonal influenza vaccine free for anyone over six months old who lives, works or attends school in Ontario.

For public inquiries call ServiceOntario, INFOline at 1-800-476-9708 (Toll-free in Ontario only)

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