Last updated: November 21, 2022

 

Everyone ages 5 and over can get the flu and COVID-19 vaccine at the same time. Appointments are available at City-run immunization clinics, mobile clinics, pharmacies and some doctor’s offices. Toronto Public Health, Shoppers Drug Mart and Rexall pharmacies are teaming up to provide walk-in flu vaccination clinics at select pharmacies for people age 50 and over.

 

The best way to protect yourself and your family, and prevent severe illness from the flu virus, is to get the flu vaccine this fall. It may also help you avoid unnecessary health care visits or isolating if you have symptoms. Get vaccinated by contacting your local pharmacist or health care provider.

Children

Flu vaccine is available to anyone over six months of age. Children under nine years of age, with no previous flu vaccination, will need a second dose at least 4 weeks after the first dose. Each of the flu vaccines for children protects against four strains of influenza virus.

Adults 65+

Influenza can make older adults very sick. Two vaccines are approved just for seniors. Both vaccines provide additional protection to seniors against the flu.

In Pregnancy

Getting the flu can be serious during pregnancy. Flu vaccine is safe and recommended for pregnant and breastfeeding people to reduce the risk of severe illness from the flu. Vaccination can also protect the fetus and newborn.

Flu Vaccination Clinics

Flu vaccine is available at many local pharmacies and primary care clinics, and at City of Toronto immunization clinics.

How to Get Your Flu Shot Safely During COVID-19:

Flu Infection Can Cause Severe Illness

Flu illness can weaken our immunity, giving opportunity for other infections, like bacterial pneumonia. The illness can also aggravate existing health conditions such as diabetes, lung and heart disease. Flu virus can also cause severe inflammation of vital organs, requiring critical hospital care. Read the flu fact sheet.

Reduce the Spread of Respiratory Viruses

We can layer our protection against respiratory viruses (such as the flu and COVID-19) with someĀ simple steps. The actions you take will protect you, loved ones and those most vulnerable in our community.