Influenza, commonly known as the flu, is a contagious respiratory disease. It's most common from October to April. The best way to stay safe from the flu is to get the flu shot, and it's good for everyone over 6 months old.
With COVID-19 around this fall, it's important to get shots for both. Good news! You can get the flu and COVID-19 shots at the same time. Getting these shots helps keep you, your family, and others from getting really sick and going to the hospital.
Flu shot clinics are available seasonally to help prevent the spread of influenza.
You should get a flu shot as soon as possible. It’s the best way to protect yourself and your family from the flu. Anyone who lives, works, or attends school in Ontario is eligible for a free shot.
Flu vaccines for high-risk individuals will be available mid to late October followed by all other individuals 6 months and older starting October 30, 2023.
Flu vaccines are available through participating pharmacies and other community health care providers such as family doctor or nurse practitioner offices.
Children 6 months to 2 years old can get their flu shot from a doctor, nurse practitioner or the Health Unit. Children under 2 years old cannot get a flu shot at a pharmacy.
General Population: Only one dose is needed for most.
First-time Vaccination for Children: If your child is between 6 months and under 9 years and is getting the flu shot for the first time, they'll need a second dose about 4 weeks after the first to be fully protected.
Symptoms usually start one to four days after being exposed to the virus. Most people will recover in seven to ten days. Individuals in high-risk groups could experience more severe complications.
Influenza is often confused with the common cold.