Flu Season is Near... Now’s the Time to Get Your Flu Shot!
As the fall and cooler weather arrive, they bring with them the start of flu season. The flu shot is the best protection against the flu, and with the presence of COVID-19 in the community, getting your flu shot is more important now than ever. The flu shot has been approved for use alongside COVID-19 vaccines and is a key step in keeping healthy this season.
The flu shot is available at various locations throughout the five Eastern Counties and Cornwall, including through some healthcare providers, community health centres, participating pharmacies and at the Eastern Ontario Health Unit (EOHU) (for children ages 6 months to under 5 years and their families).
This year, it’s more important than ever to get your flu shot
COVID-19 and the flu share many symptoms, but despite their similarities, being fully vaccinated for COVID will not protect you from the flu. Getting the flu shot can help reduce the demand on COVID-19 assessment centres. The fewer number of people who develop flu symptoms, the fewer who will need to get tested for COVID-19.
Getting the flu shot will also reduce your chances of getting the flu and having to go to the hospital. You can do your part to help reduce the pressure on the healthcare system by getting your flu shot.
This year, the EOHU will offer the flu shot by appointment at all its offices for children ages 6 months to under 5 years and their immediate family. Call 613-933-1375 or 1 800 267-7120 to book an appointment. Residents must bring a piece of identification to their appointment.
Appointments at the EOHU will be available as of November 1st. Call to book your child’s appointment starting on October 25th.
Certain groups of people are at higher risk of complications from the flu and are strongly encouraged to get immunized. These include:
- children 6 months to less than 5 years of age
- people aged 65 and older
- people with chronic medical conditions
If you live with or provide care to someone who falls under one of the groups listed above, or care for newborn infants and children under 6 months of age, it is also highly recommended that you get immunized. This simple step will help protect you and those around you.