Get Free Flu Shot to protect yourself and your family
Nov. 1, 2019
Global Korean Post
As of October 30, the free flu shot has begun in Ontario.
As the cold weather approaches, Ontario is reminding everyone about the importance of getting their free flu shot to protect themselves from getting the flu and spreading it to others.
Flu season can start as early as November. It takes about two weeks for the flu shot to reach full effect, so be sure to get the shot as soon as it’s available.
Each year, thousands of people across the province get sick with the flu, which puts extra pressure on hospitals and the health care system. The flu shot provides the best defense and is a proven way to reduce emergency department visits and wait times to help end hallway health care.
On Wednesday, Oct. 30, Christine Elliott, Deputy Premier and Minister of Health, was at Rexall Pharmacy at Women’s College Hospital in Toronto to get the flu shot.
The free flu shot is especially important for young children, pregnant women and people 65 years and older who are at high risk of flu-related complications. It will be available at family doctor and nurse practitioner offices, public health units and participating pharmacies for anyone five years of age or older.
For children between six months and four years old, the shot can be administered by a doctor or nurse practitioner.
Young children – especially those under two – pregnant women and seniors are particularly at risk of serious complications due to the flu.
A 2018 Canadian study found that people are six times more likely to have a heart attack in the week after having the flu, and this risk may be higher among those 65 years and older.
Last flu season, there were about 5,450 flu-related hospitalizations in Ontario and 275 flu-related deaths.