Flu season has arrived, and medical professionals across the province are prepared to help you protect yourself against the influenza virus!

This respiratory infection can lead to hospitalization, and in serious cases, death. Seniors are at high risk, as well as pregnant women and children under the age of 5.

The influenza vaccine – or flu shot – will be available free of charge at doctor’s offices, local public health units, community immunization clinics, as well as participating pharmacies across the province.

Here are some tips, provided by the Government of Ontario

  • Clean your hands often with soap and water or use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer
  • If you need to cough or sneeze, do so into a tissue or your sleeve, not your hand
  • Clean and disinfect surfaces often, such as countertops, telephones, and keyboards; flu viruses can live on surfaces for up to eight hours

For more information on the influenza virus or the flu shot, please see this media release from the Government of Ontario.