January 5, 2011
As the flu season gains momentum, and doctors, nurses and hospitals see marked increases in influenza cases, Ontarians are reminded to reduce their risk of catching the flu by getting immunized.
The flu shot is a safe and effective way of keeping you and your family healthy. The elderly, young children, pregnant women, individuals with chronic medical conditions and people with weakened immune systems are at particularly higher risk of flu-related complications. Everyone is further encouraged to follow other infection-prevention behaviours, such as washing hands thoroughly and often, sneezing and coughing into your sleeve, and staying home when you’re sick. More information is available at www.ontario.ca/flu.
This is the eleventh year that Ontario has committed to protecting the health of everyone and their families by offering, at no charge to the public, the influenza vaccine for anyone over six months old who lives, works or attends school in Ontario.
"It is very important to get your flu shot. This is no time to be complacent. Influenza is a serious, acute respiratory illness that can cause lost time at work or school, a slow recovery and, in some cases, even hospitalization. Check with your doctor or local public health unit on how you can get your free flu shot. The flu vaccine is well matched to the flu strains circulating in Ontario."
– Dr. David Williams, Ontario’s Associate Chief Medical Officer of Health
Find out where you can get your free flu shot.
Learn more about Ontario’s flu shot program.
Watch videos to learn more about the flu shot.Members of the media:
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