Flu Season is Near... Now’s the Time to Get Your Flu Shot!
The arrival of fall means flu season is just around the corner. The flu shot is the best protection against the flu and 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).
This year, it’s more important than ever to get your flu shot
With the presence of COVID-19 in the community, you can do your part to help reduce the demand on the healthcare system by getting your flu shot. Getting the shot will reduce your chances of getting the flu and having to go to the hospital. This means more beds will be available for patients with COVID-19.
Given that the flu and COVID-19 have similar symptoms, getting the flu shot could also 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.
The EOHU will offer the flu shot by appointment at all its offices, as well as a drive-through clinic where people can get the vaccine from the comfort of their car. Call 613-933-1375 or 1 800 267-7120 to book yours. Appointments are open to everyone, but priority will be given to people with young children, physical limitations, medical considerations or special needs. Residents must bring a piece of identification to their appointment.
Appointments at the EOHU will be available as of November 2nd. Call to book yours starting on October 26th.
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 could help protect you and those around you.
“I always recommend that people get the flu shot,” says Dr. Paul Roumeliotis, Medical Officer of Health. “But this year, it’s even more important that we make a collective effort to prevent the flu from spreading so that healthcare staff can focus their efforts on COVID patients instead of flu patients.”