The flu (influenza) is a contagious virus that can infect anyone. The flu shot is your best defense against the flu, and there are several other things you can do to protect yourself from catching it and avoid spreading it to others. Check out our influenza FAQs at the bottom of this page for more information.
Want to learn more about where the flu is spreading in Ontario? Check out the Influenza Like Illness Tracker.
The Flu Shot Is Your Best Defense
The flu shot is:
- safe (including for kids, and if you are pregnant or breastfeeding)
- available from your health care provider, Public Health, and participating pharmacies
- proven to reduce the number of doctor visits, hospitalizations and deaths related to the flu
- different each year because the virus changes frequently
Each year, the influenza vaccine is offered by Public Health through community clinics at a variety of locations throughout Hastings and Prince Edward counties, and also through booked appointments.
Flu season peaks in the late fall. Be sure to get your shot as soon as it is available, because it takes two weeks to take effect.
Where to get the Shot
The vaccine is available at no cost to any person over the age of six months who lives, works or attends school in Ontario. The influenza vaccine is also available through participating pharmacists (except for children under age five), and your health care provider.
There are two types of flu shots available for individuals over age 65, the standard flu shot, and the high dose. To receive the higher dose flu shot (available only to those over 65), individuals must visit a primary care provider, participating pharmacy or Public Health.
Public Health Influenza Clinics
Public Health typically offers flu clinics each fall, beginning in November. Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, we are exploring options for how to safely offer flu shots this year. Once details have been finalized, the information on this page will be updated.