Toronto residents can now get free flu shots at these clinics – CTV News

Toronto residents can now get free flu shots at these clinics - CTV News
Toronto Public Health launches first flu vaccine clinic
The flu vaccine is available for anyone over the age of six months and does not require a health card. The city-run clinics will open Friday afternoon and remain in operation for one week.

Those who want to get a flu shot at one of the clinics are asked to call 416-338-7600 to make an appointment, although officials say that walk-ins are also welcome.

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The clinics are located at the Toronto Reference Library, Centerpoint Mall, Etobicoke Civic Centre, and the East York Town Centre. The citys website tells residents when the clinics are open each day and how many appointments are available.

"The flu vaccine is the most effective method we have to protect ourselves, our families, and our communities against the flu," said Dr. Eileen de Villa, Toronto's Medical Officer of Health.

The high-dose flu vaccine, which is meant for vulnerable adults over the age of 65, will also be available at the clinics.

The flu vaccine is also available through health care providers and more than 500 pharmacies around the city. The flu shot is free for all Ontario residents above six months of age.

"These four free flu immunization clinics for the public and the clinics being planned for vulnerable populations in local shelters and drop-in centres are one of the many ways Toronto Public Health works behind the scenes in our community to protect and promote good health among all of our residents, Joe Cressy, chair of Torontos board of health, said in a statement.

Health officials say that the flu vaccine is the most effective method of protection against influenza. Symptoms of the flu include high fever, chills, sore throat, cough and muscle aches. Recovering from the flu usually takes a week to 10 days.

Ontario's supply of flu vaccines was delayed earlier this year to distribution issues, though that problem appears to have now been resolved.

More than 12,000 hospitalizations occur in Canada each year due to the flu, Torontos medical officer of health said.

She is advising people to get their flu shots as soon as possible, since the vaccine typically takes around two weeks to take full effect.

Typically the flu starts to circulate in late fall, so this is why we are reminding residents to get their flu shot early to prevent illness in our community, Eileen de Villa said.

The city is encouraging residents to protect themselves against influenza, as four flu shot clinics open in Toronto.

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Toronto Public Health launched its first flu vaccine clinic on Friday at the Toronto Reference Library on Yonge Street.

De Villa said there were 2,672 lab-confirmed influenza cases in Toronto during last year's flu season.

The city’s medical officer of health and Board of Health chair, Joe Cressy were on hand and rolled up their sleeves.

“These four free flu immunization clinics for the public and the clinics being planned for vulnerable populations in local shelters and drop-in centres are one of the many ways Toronto Public Health works behind the scenes in our community to protect and promote good health among all of our residents,” Cressy said.

Three other clinics will open throughout the flu season to help spread the word about the importance of vaccinations.

“The flu vaccine is the most effective method we have to protect ourselves, our families, and our communities against the flu,” Dr. Eileen de Villa, Toronto’s Medical Officer of Health, said.

“Thankfully most people recover from the flu, but it can cause a lot of harm to people who are more vulnerable such as seniors and very young children. Canadian statistics show there are more than 12,000 hospitalizations each year due to flu and hundreds locally.”

The shot, which is now available in doctors offices and pharmacies across Ontario, is free for Ontario residents.

Last week, the provincial government kicked off its annual flu shot campaign at Womens College Hospital.

Health Minister Christine Elliott said its the best way to protect yourself and others from this contagious disease.

Every Ontarian can join our efforts to put an end to hallway health care by getting their flu shot, said Elliott.

In fact, getting your flu shot is an important part of keeping all Ontarians healthy and out of the hospital, while reducing the strain on our emergency departments. The flu shot will be available across the province to protect you and your family.

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