Flu Season Begins in Ontario

Flu shot being administered

With Ontario’s Universal Influenza Immunization Program launching across the province, the TBDHU reminds the public to get the flu shot. Flu shots are the body’s best defense against catching and spreading the flu virus. Flu shots are free, available to anyone 6 months of age and older, and are now widely available at many convenient locations including health care clinics and pharmacies.

Families with children under the age of 5 are invited to attend a flu clinic that is being provided by TBDHU. These clinics are to be held at locations throughout Thunder Bay. The TBDHU is focusing on children under 5 because this group has less access overall to the flu shot since pharmacies cannot provide the flu shot to this age group.

All members of the family who attend a clinic with the child may receive the flu shot. No health card is required. Health Unit clinics will begin in November. Please visit thunderbayflu.ca or tbdhu.com for clinic schedules, locations and information.

Other members of the community can still conveniently access the flu shot. Pharmacies can give the flu shot to anyone 5 years of age and older, and individuals 6 months and older can be immunized by a health care provider (i.e. physician or nurse practitioner). For a listing of flu shot clinics in Thunder Bay and communities throughout the district, visit thunderbayflu.ca or tbdhu.com.

It is important to get the flu shot as soon as you can because it can take up to 2 weeks for your body to develop antibodies to the virus. For more information about the flu visit https://www.ontario.ca/page/get-flu-shot.

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