Getting your annual flu vaccine is an important way to help protect yourself, your family and vulnerable people in your community against seasonal flu. It will also help reduce the burden on Canada’s health care system during this unprecedented time. The flu vaccine will not protect against COVID-19, but it will help reduce your risk of getting the flu and COVID-19 at the same time. Having both illnesses at the same time could put you at a higher risk for severe illness.  What is the flu? The flu, or seasonal influenza, is a common contagious infection. The flu affects the nose, throat, and lungs. It is spread through droplets that have been coughed or sneezed by someone who has the flu. You can get the flu by shaking hands with someone who has the flu or by touching surfaces that have come into contact with flu droplets, and then touching your eyes, nose or mouth. Flu symptoms include a sudden fever or feeling feverish as well as a cough and/or a sore throat. It is common to also have a runny or stuffy nose, head- or body-aches, and chills.  You may feel more tired than usual and have a lower appetite. Some people (mostly children) also have nausea, vomiting, and/or diarrhea. According to the National Advisory Committee on Immunization, there are approximately 3,500 deaths related to influenza on average each year in Canada.  Anyone aged six months and older who lives, works or attends school in Ontario is eligible to receive the publicly funded flu vaccine.
Where can I get my flu vaccine? Age Locations 6 months old to 4 years old Health Care Providers Ottawa Public Health Community Clinics 5 years old to 64 years old Health Care Providers Ottawa Public Health Community Clinics Participating Pharmacies 65 years old and older Health Care Providers Ottawa Public Health Community Clinics Participating Pharmacies