Flu Season: Where can you get a flu shot in GTA?

Flu Season: Where can you get a flu shot in GTA?

As hospitals grapple with “Perfect storm” of COVID-19flu season and an increase in RSV cases, Ontarians are encouraged to protect themselves and their families during flu season by getting their flu shot.

Public health units, participating pharmacies, and doctors’ and nurses’ offices are all places you can go to get vaccinated, depending on your age. The flu shot is offered free of charge to anyone over the age of six months who lives, works or attends school in the province.

Prime Minister Justin Trudeau tweeted a video of himself getting a flu shot Wednesday night, encouraging Canadians to do the same.

“It’s safe, it’s easy and it’s free,” Trudeau said.

“As we work to provide all long-term care residents with their flu shots, I encourage all Ontarians to get a flu shot as soon as they’re eligible. Getting vaccinated is an easy step we can all take to help keeping Ontario’s seniors, including long-term care residents, safe,” said Paul Calandra, Ontario Minister of Long-Term Care, in a statement.

Experts say staying up-to-date on vaccinations is the best way for people to stay healthy during flu season and avoid unnecessary hospital visits.

Those who get one are advised to remember to bring a mask and their health card.

Face masks are required for everyone except children under 2 years of age.

Check with your local pharmacy to see if they are giving the flu shot this year.  Most will be.

Residents are also being told to stay home if they have symptoms of COVID-19 or are not feeling well, even if they only have a mild cough or sore throat.

A convenient way to find a location near you is to search for “flu shots near me” in your web browser if you’re looking for a location near your home.

Otherwise, here’s where you can get your flu shot in Ontario:

Toronto Public Health Clinics

In Toronto, residents can go to a City of Toronto immunization clinic to get vaccinated.

The City of Toronto asks residents to make an appointment for each family member who wants to get vaccinated. Those 5 years and older can get a COVID-19 vaccine at the same time, or any time before or after the flu shot.

Appointments can be booked at the immunization clinics. online. Remember to bring a mask to the appointment, and a health card and fill out the COVID-19 Health Screening Form for each member of the family.

Vaccine clinic opening hours vary by day, with most clinics open from morning to afternoon.

Pharmacy

Ontarians can visit a participating pharmacy to get a flu shot.

Rexall has several pharmacies that offer flu shots based on availability throughout the city and GTA. Appointments can be booked online at Rexall.ca. Walk-ins are also welcome.

Appointments and walk-ins are also available at Shoppers Drug Mart pharmacies throughout Toronto. Appointments can be booked online at ShoppersDrugMart.ca.

Also check with your local pharmacy or supermarket pharmacy. They sometimes accept walk-ins and can often be less busy if you’re looking to avoid the crowds this time of year.

Physician or nurse practitioner offices

Children 6 months to 2 years of age can get the short flu from a doctor, nurse practitioner, or local public health center.

People ages 2 through 64 can also get a flu shot at a doctor’s or nurse practitioner’s office.

People 64 and older have three different flu shot options, including a standard-dose vaccine and a high-dose vaccine. People in this age category should talk to their doctor, nurse practitioner, pharmacist, or public health unit about the best option for them.

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