Beginning this week, Ontarians will be able to take advantage of the free flu vaccine at doctor’s offices, local public health units, and community immunization clinics in the province, the Ministry of Health and Long-Term Care said Monday.
Those looking to be vaccinated can also get the shot from a trained pharmacist at approximately 2,600 Ontario pharmacies, provided you’re over the age of five, a media release from the Ministry said.
The flu can be serious as the respiratory infection that can lead to hospitalization and even death. Symptoms include fever, cough, muscle aches, sore throat, headache, and tiredness.
“Anyone can get the flu. So we’re reminding Ontarians to get the flu shot as soon as it’s available, especially those at a high risk of serious complications from the flu, such as young children, pregnant women and seniors,” said Minister of Health and Long-Term Care Dr. Eric Hoskins in a statement.
The vaccine, free to anyone over six-months-old who either lives, works, or attends school in the province, protects against the most common strains of the virus, said the release.
The immunizations are a part of the government’s ‘Patients First: Action Plan for Health Care’, which provides patients with faster access to care at home and in the community.
To find out where you can get the flu shot, click here.