Let's beat the flu

 

Everyone is at risk of getting the flu. Get the flu shot each fall to protect you and your family, friends and co-workers. Since the virus that causes influenza changes frequently, you need to get a new flu shot each year.

 

The influenza vaccine is free and available to people six months of age and older who live, work or attend school in Ontario. Those at high risk for flu-related complications should especially get the vaccine:

 

  • Children 5 years of age and younger
  • Adults 65 years of age and older
  • Residents of nursing homes or chronic care facilities
  • People with chronic health conditions such as diabetes, cancer, lung, heart or kidney disease
  • Pregnant women
  • Aboriginal peoples
  • People who are obese
 

Those who live or work with people who are high risk (i.e. health care workers and essential community services staff) should also get the vaccine.

 

Toronto Public Health is reassuring the public that the flu vaccine is safe and effective and is still the best defence against getting the flu. Health Canada has lifted the suspension of Novartis manufactured flu vaccine (Agriflu and Fluad) after a thorough review. All flu vaccines used in Canada are safe.

 

The flu vaccine is safe. The vaccine cannot give you the flu. Learn more about Influenza and the Influenza Vaccine.

 

Get the flu shot at Toronto Public Health's Community Flu Clinics, doctors' offices, walk-in medical clinics and some pharmacies.

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