The types of flu virus that circulate change every year, and that’s why last
year’s flu shot will not protect you this season. This year`s vaccine has
three strains of the virus, including H1N1, to offer the best protection
against the flu.
Everyone is at risk of getting the flu. Although most people who get the flu
will not get seriously ill, high-risk people can become very ill with
complications. People who are at high risk include: all children four years of
age and under; people 65 years 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; and people who are obese. Complications can include pneumonia, ear
infections, dehydration and, in rare cases, death.
In addition to getting the flu shot, Toronto Public Health is encouraging
people to reduce the risk of infection by taking these simple steps: wash your
hands; cover your coughs and sneezes with a tissue, or your sleeve - not your
hands; and stay home when you are sick.
For the full flu vaccination clinic schedule or more information, visit
http://www.toronto.ca/health or call 416-338-7600.