– Your Family Physician’s Office
– Your local Pharmacy
– The North York Family Health Team’s Flu Shot Clinic
Visit www.myflushot.ca to sign up for notifications related to additional clinics near you
Influenza, or “the flu”, is an illness that affects the airways and the lungs.
The flu spreads easily from person to person. This can sometimes cause severe illness or even death. Babies, children, older adults and people with certain health conditions are at higher risk of serious flu complications.
Everyone over the age of six months should get an annual flu vaccination, except for some rare exceptions. The flu vaccination is the best way to help prevent catching or spreading the flu. Even if you had a flu vaccination last year, you need to get a flu vaccination again this year. The flu vaccine is especially important for:
- People aged 65 years and over
- People living in a nursing home, retirement home, shelter, community housing, etc
- Children and adolescents on long-term aspirin (ASA) therapy
- Pregnant women
- Obese individuals
- People with heart disease and lung disease (i.e. COPD, bronchopulmonary dysplasia, cystic fibrosis, asthma)
- People with metabolic disease (ie. Diabetes)
- People with Immune comprising conditions due to underlying disease and/or therapy (ie cancer, HIV)
- People with kidney/renal disease
- People with anemia/hemoglobinopathy (i.e. sickle cell disease, thalassemia)
- People with neurologic/neurodevelopmental conditions (i.e. neuromuscular, neurovascular, neurodegenerative, and seizure disorders [and for children includes febrile seizures and isolated developmental delay])
- Caregivers and health care workers
People who should not get the flu vaccine include:
- Children younger than six months
- People who have had an allergic reaction to the flu vaccine in the past. People with severe allergic reaction to eggs are able to receive the flu vaccine, but there may be some restrictions (talk to your health care provider for more information).
- Those dealing with an acute illness, an infection or a fever. You should postpone the flu shot until you are in better health.
- Those with an allergy to any component of the flu vaccine
- Those who have developed Guillain Barre Syndrome within 6 weeks of a previous flu vaccine