Everyone is at risk of getting the flu. Get the flu shot each fall to protect you and your family, friends and co-workers. Since the virus that causes influenza changes frequently, you need to get a new flu shot each year.
The influenza vaccine is free and available to people six months of age and older who live, work or attend school in Ontario. Those at high risk for flu-related complications should especially get the vaccine:
- Children 5 years of age and younger
- Adults 65 years of age and older
- Residents of nursing homes or chronic care facilities
- People with chronic health conditions such as diabetes, cancer, lung, heart or kidney disease
- Pregnant women
- Aboriginal peoples
- People who are obese
Those who live or work with people who are high risk for flu-related complications such as health care workers and essential community services staff should also get the vaccine.
Get the flu shot at Toronto Public Health's Community Flu Clinics, doctors' offices, walk-in medical clinics and some pharmacies. Book an appointment at our community flu clinics. Walk-ins are also welcome.
Influenza vaccine fact sheet
Flu adult consent form and child consent form
For More Information:
- Speak to your health care professional
- Toronto Public Health Immunization Information Line at 416-392-1250
- Service Ontario Info line at: 1-877-844-1944 TTY 416-327-4282
- MotherRisk, Hospital for Sick Children at 416-813-6780
- Ontario Ministry of Health and Long-Term Care
- Health Canada
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Last updated October 2013