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Don’t Let the Flu Get to You

Woman Holding a Mug with a Handkerchief to Her NoseHoliday season is a joyful time to enjoy with family and friends. Who wants to be stuck indoors taking pills and feeling miserable? Take control of your body this season and don’t let the flu get you down “period”!

Everyone is at risk of getting the flu. Get the flu shot each fall to protect you and your family, friends and co-workers. Since the virus that causes influenza changes frequently, you need to get a new flu shot each year.

The influenza vaccine is free and available to people six months of age and older who live, work or attend school in Ontario. Those at high risk for flu-related complications should especially get the vaccine:

  • Children 5 years of age and younger
  • Adults 65 years of age and older
  • Residents of nursing homes or chronic care facilities
  • People with chronic health conditions such as diabetes, cancer, lung, heart or kidney disease
  • Pregnant women
  • Aboriginal peoples
  • People who are obese

Those who live or work with people who are at high risk for flu-related complications such as health care workers and essential community services staff should also get the vaccine.
Get the flu shot at Toronto Public Health’s community flu clinics, doctors’ offices, walk-in medical clinics and some pharmacies. Book an appointment at our community flu clinics. Walk-ins are also welcome.

Note: Pharmacists administer flu shots to Ontarians five years of age and older. Visit your doctor or local public health flu clinic if you have children from six months to less than five years old.

Tips to Reduce Risk of Infection

  1. Sneeze into your sleeve, if no tissue is available.
  2. Wash hands frequently
  3. If you feel some flu symptons coming on, vitamin C will be your best friend. Large (but safe doses) of vitamin C can help stop it in its tracks.

For more information about how you can protect you and your family from the flu, visit

Source: Toronto Public Health