November 17, 2021
Peel Public Health advises residents to get their annual flu shot this November to help protect against influenza.
All residents can make an appointment to get their free flu shot at the following locations:
- Family doctors’ offices and walk-in clinics for adults and children over 6 months of age.
- Participating pharmacies for adults and children aged 2 and over.
- Individuals without a health card can get a flu shot from a community health centre or at a pharmacy.
As well, certain doctors’ offices, walk-in clinics and participating pharmacies may offer the option of co-administrating the flu shot and COVID-19 vaccine. Residents are encouraged to speak to their health care professional regarding co-administration and to enquire if this option is appropriate for them. Please note that Peel Public Health COVID-19 vaccination clinics will not be offering the flu shot.
To help reduce the risk of contracting or spreading the flu:
- Wash your hands often and try not to touch your face.
- Stay home if you are sick.
- Disinfect surfaces like countertops, door handles, computer keyboards and phones. The flu virus can live on hard surfaces like these for up to 48 hours.
“A flu shot, in addition to a full COVID-19 vaccine series, provides excellent protection from circulating respiratory viruses in the community. Together, these vaccines help protect you, your loved ones, and the community.” -Dr. Kate Bingham
Quick Facts/Additional Resources
- Public Health authorities recommend the flu vaccine, which is available for free, for people six months of age and older who live, work or attend school in Ontario.
- The flu is not the same as having a cold or COVID-19. Visit the Ontario Flu Facts page for information to help you identify if you have the flu, a cold or COVID-19.
- More information: ca/flu