2020-2021 Flu Vaccines
Due to the COVID-19 pandemic and in order to maintain the safety of our patients, we are UNABLE to offer our walk-in flu shot clinics this season.
Alternatively, we will be offering BOOKED APPOINTMENTS each day for flu shots!
Reception will not be able to book you an appointment.
Call our Flu Line at 519-682-2307 and dial extension 303 to book an appointment or for any flu vaccine-related questions.
Appointments will be booked based on the availability of the vaccine.
*NEW!!! We are now offering online booking for standard-dose flu vaccines. Click HERE to book your appointment online for a flu shot.
The high dose vaccine will be available in limited quantities and reserved for those who are:
Over 65 who are receiving treatments that impact their immune system. This includes those undergoing cancer treatment or taking other medications that compromise the immune system (ex. chemotherapy, medications for HIV/AIDS).
Over 65 and suffering from complications due to chronic conditions including heart disease, liver disease, kidney disease, blood disorders, diabetes, severe obesity, asthma and chronic lung disease.
Thank you for your cooperation as we work through this pandemic ~ TOGETHER!
Please check back for updates!
FLU VACCINE INFORMATION
What is the flu?
It is an infection of the nose, throat and lungs caused by the flu virus. It spreads very easily from infected persons through coughing and sneezing or by touching contaminated surfaces such as doorknobs and unwashed hands. People who get the flu may have a fever, chills, cough, runny eyes, stuffy nose, sore throat, headache, muscle aches, extreme weakness and fatigue. Symptoms can last five to ten days.
What is the SINGLE BEST WAY TO PREVENT the flu?
Get vaccinated each year! It protects against flu viruses that may be most common during the upcoming season. This vaccine cannot give you the flu.
Who should get the flu vaccine?
Everyone aged 6 months and older should get vaccinated. It especially important for these individuals to get vaccinated:
- those with chronic medical conditions (heart, lung, diabetes, etc.)
- pregnant women all trimesters
- health care workers and emergency service workers
- children under five years of age and their caregivers
- 65 years and older
When should the flu vaccine be given?
- one dose every year
- those under the age of 9 years require 2 doses given 4 weeks apart if they are receiving the vaccine for the first time & after that, only one dose each year
Who should NOT receive the flu vaccine?
- Infants under 6 months of age
- Anyone who has had a serious allergic reaction (anaphylactic) to a previous dose of vaccine or to any of the vaccine components
- People who are seriously ill with an infection that started recently should wait until they recover before receiving the seasonal influenza vaccine
- People who have had severe oculo-respiratory syndrome (ORS) after a past influenza vaccine that required them to be in the hospital
- People with a history of Guillian-Barré Syndrome (GBS) that developed within 6 weeks of a past influenza vaccine
I have an egg protein allergy, do I get a flu vaccine?
The National Advisory Committee on Immunization (NACI) indicates that egg allergy is not a contraindication for influenza vaccination and that egg-allergic individuals may be vaccinated against influenza using the full dose of any age-appropriate product.
What are the possible side effects of the influenza vaccine?
Most people have no reactions to the vaccine, or mild reactions that last 1-3 days such as:
- Soreness, redness and swelling at the injection site
- Low-grade fever, headache and muscle aches
Severe side effects and allergic reactions are very rare. Oculorespiratory syndrome (ORS) is an unusual side effect reported in past years, causing red eyes and/or swelling of the face and/or coughing, wheezing or difficulty breathing. Guillain-Barré Syndrome (GBS) is a rare condition that can result in weakness and paralysis of the body’s muscles. It most commonly occurs after infection but in rare cases can also occur after some vaccines. GBS may be associated with the influenza vaccine in about 1 per million recipients.
At the time of the year that the vaccine is given, many viruses are making people sick. Infection with these viruses may be mistaken for a reaction to the flu vaccine.