Updated November 19, 2019
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.

Seniors

Seniors are at risk of serious complications from the flu. The high-dose flu vaccine is the preferred choice for seniors. It provides better protection against influenza A. This vaccine is free at doctor’s offices, long-term care homes, medical walk-in clinics and local pharmacies.

Kids

Kids get the flu most often and can spread flu germs to friends and family before they show symptoms. Kids under five are at higher risk of complications from the flu, requiring hospital care. This year, the nasal spray vaccine is not available in Canada. Children will receive the vaccine that protects against four strains

Pregnant People

Pregnant people should get the flu vaccine to protect themselves and their baby.

Stay Healthy this Flu Season

  1. Get your flu shot early.
  2. Wash your hands often.
  3. Cover your cough or sneeze.
  4. Disinfect toys, door handles, and cell phones.

Flu Vaccination Clinics

Toronto Public Health flu vaccination clinics are now complete for the 2019/2020 season. Visit your health care provider, medical walk-in clinic or a local pharmacy for the free flu vaccine.