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Fall Is the Time to Get Your Free Flu Shot

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Fall Is the Time to Get Your Free Flu Shot

McGuinty Government Keeping Ontario Healthy

Ministry of Health and Long-Term Care

Ontario is making it easier than ever to get your free flu shot close to home - through your family doctor, nurse-led flu immunization clinics and now at participating pharmacies.

Starting this week, specially trained pharmacists can give the flu shot to Ontarians, age five and over. You can find a health care provider offering the flu shot near you at Ontario.ca/flu.

The flu vaccine is safe and effective, and getting it early helps you and people around you stay healthy. The flu can lead to serious health problems, and those most at risk are the elderly, young children, pregnant women and people with weakened immune systems. The sooner you get your flu shot, the sooner you're protected - and the more likely we are to reduce illness, hospitalization and deaths from flu in the community.

Preventing illness through immunization helps to keep Ontario healthy and is part of Ontario's Action Plan for Health Care.

Quick Facts

  • The flu shot is offered free of charge to everyone six months of age and older who lives, works or attends school in Ontario.
  • People with the flu may be contagious even before symptoms appear and up to seven days after becoming sick.
  • It is impossible to get the flu from the flu shot.

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“We’re making it easier than ever to get your free flu shot by offering it at participating pharmacies, as well as doctors’ offices and community clinics. Getting immunized against the flu is the most effective way to stay healthy during this flu season – that’s why I’m getting my flu shot early, protecting myself and those around me.”

Deb Matthews

Minister of Health and Long-Term Care

“Influenza is an acute respiratory illness that can result in serious complications or even death. Immunization is the best and most effective way to protect people of all ages from getting the flu. It is also important to practice good hygiene such as washing your hands frequently, covering all coughs and sneezes, and staying home when you are sick.”

Dr. Arlene King

Chief Medical Officer of Health

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