Everyone is at risk of getting the flu. Since the virus that causes influenza changes frequently, you need to get a new flu shot each year. This year's flu shot protects against three strains of flu, including the H1N1 strain.
The influenza vaccine is free and available to people six months of age and older who live, work or attend school in Ontario. People at higher risk for flu-related complications should especially get the vaccine:
- young children less than 5 years of age
- older adults
- residents in nursing homes or care facilities
- persons with chronic health conditions such as diabetes, cancer, lung, heart or kidney disease
- pregnant women
- persons of Aboriginal descent
- persons who are obese
Those who live or work with people who are high risk for flu-related complications such as health care workers and essential community services staff should also get the vaccine.
Toronto Public Health flu clinics are now completed for the 2013-2014 season. It is still not too late to get the flu shot to protect yourself, your family and friends. Flu vaccine is free and still available at doctors' offices, medical clinics and some pharmacies. Pharmacists can administer flu shot to persons five years of age and older. Visit your doctor if you have young children less than five years old.
Last updated January 2014