Who Is Most At Risk?

The vaccine is available to everyone over the age of 6 months.

The province of Ontario has stocked enough flu vaccine for everyone and they recommend that everyone is protected with a flu shot.

However, there are some who are strongly recommended to get a flu shot:

  • those who are at a higher risk for complications;
  • anyone who cares for someone who is at higher risk for complications.

 

Those who are at a higher risk of complications

  • People of any age with a chronic illness; heart disease, lung disease (e.g. asthma), liver disease or diabetes
  • People over the age of 65
  • People who live in nursing homes or other chronic care homes
  • Healthy children who are 5 years of age and younger
  • Healthy pregnant women (risk increases with length of pregnancy; higher risk in third vs second trimester)
  • Indigenous people
  • Young children and infants under 6 months old who cannot get the flu shot

 

Anyone who cares for someone who is at higher risk for complications

  • Health care workers in hospitals and other care facilities
  • People who live with or take care of someone who is at high risk from complications (see the above list) 
  • People who live with or take care of a newborn under 6 months as these infants are too yountg to get the flu shot
  • People who live with someone expecting a newborn during flu season
  • People who give care to children less than 59 months (e.g. 5 years)

 

For Further Information

For Flu information or questions call: (807) 625-5900 or Toll-free I-888-294-6630.

Learn more about the flu at the Ministry of Health's flu website.

Last Updated: 22/10/2018