News Release - October 28, 2020: Toronto Public Health launches fourth flu vaccine clinic location

News Release - October 20, 2020: Toronto Public Health launches online booking for flu vaccine clinics by appointment only.

This year, in response to local COVID-19 circumstances, TPH flu vaccine clinics will only be available through online appointments to ensure that appropriate physical distancing and infection prevention and control measures can be followed to reduce the potential risk of virus spread and keep residents safer.

The flu vaccine is free for people six months of age and older who live, work or attend school in Ontario. A health card is not required at a TPH clinic. Flu clinic appointments can be booked online at https://www.tphbookings.ca. Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, walk-in appointments will not be available this year.

COVID-19 Update: The Immunization Information Centre office is closed. Toronto Public Health will not be requesting updates for students' vaccination records until further notice. Gr 7 & 8 student vaccines will not be offered in schools this year. Flu vaccine, including high-dose flu vaccine, is available in early October at doctor’s office, pharmacies and Toronto Public Health (TPH) flu clinics. TPH clinics will be by appointment only. Dates and times will be posted on the City of Toronto website www.toronto.ca/immunization


Influenza, or the flu, is caused by a specific virus that typically comes around each fall or winter. People who get the flu usually have an abrupt onset of fever, muscle aches, headache, sore throat, cough, and weakness, usually lasting two to seven days. The cough and weakness can last for up to six weeks making physical activity and even day to day tasks difficult.

The flu is not the same as a cold. Unlike the common cold, the flu can develop into more serious health problems, such as pneumonia or the worsening of pre-existing medical conditions (i.e. asthma, heart disease or uncontrolled diabetes).

Kids get the flu most often. The flu virus are spread mainly by droplets, when people cough, sneeze or talk. The flu virus can live on surfaces like toys, counter tops, door handles for up to 8 hours. Kids can pass the flu virus to family members before they show symptoms. Kids under 5 years of age are at greater risk of complications.

The best way to stay healthy this season is to get your flu vaccine early, wash hands often and cover coughs and sneezes. It takes about two weeks for your body to develop an immune response to protect you against the flu.

Getting the flu vaccine is the best way to prevent the flu or reduce the risk of complications. It takes two weeks for the vaccine to boost immunity. The flu vaccine will not protect against colds and other respiratory illnesses not caused by the influenza virus. High-dose flu vaccine for older adults ages 65+ is available at all facilities that provide flu vaccination, including pharmacies. Visit the City of Toronto website for further details on Flu Prevention, Vaccines for Adults and Children and Vaccine Safety.

OHIP card: is not required to receive a flu shot at Toronto Public Health flu vaccination clinics.

The Ontario Ministry of Health and Long Term Care recommends the flu shot for everyone 6 months old and older, it is available at participating pharmacies, doctors, nurse practitioners or at a local public health unit nearest you (OHIP card required).

For a flu shot at a doctor's office, please speak with your health care provider.  A doctor's office will generally require an OHIP card, although some community health care centres offer flu clinics that do not require OHIP coverage.