Influenza Vaccine

Fight the Flu 

With the influenza (flu) season now upon us, along with cases of COVID-19 rising, avoid unnecessary risks with your health and spreading the virus. Get your flu shot today, it’s the best defense against the flu bug.

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About the flu vaccine

  • The flu vaccine is the easiest and most effective way to prevent the flu.
  • The flu shot is free and easily available at physicians’ offices, clinics, public health units, pharmacies, and in some workplaces.
  • The flu vaccine is safe to be given at the same time as, or at any time before or after administration of other vaccines, including the COVID-19 vaccine, based on current guidance from Canada’s National Advisory Committee on Immunization (NACI).
  • It is safe for individuals aged six months or older, including pregnant women and nursing mothers.

Flu Symptoms

  • The flu is a lung infection.
  • The flu and COVID-19 have similar symptoms: cough, high fever, headaches, and muscle pain and aches.
  • If you start to develop any of the above symptoms, follow the same precautions taken for COVID-19.
  • Regardless of vaccine status for both the flu and COVID-19, book a COVID-19 assessment test and self-isolate to prevent further spread of the virus. Book a COVID-19 test here.
  • If you are at risk of complications from the flu or COVID-19 and develop symptoms, it is best to speak with your primary care provider or visit an urgent care centre or walk-in clinic.

Where to seek help

  • Unless you are very sick, it is best to avoid the emergency department. Durham Region residents can also access medical consultations through the Durham Virtual Urgent Care Clinic.
  • Nurses and physicians at Durham Region COVID-19 Assessment Clinics are able to provide COVID-19 testing and diagnose and treat individuals experiencing symptoms related to common upper respiratory ailments, ear infections, and sinus issues.
  • For a list of urgent care and walk-in clinics and information about when people should go to the emergency department or a community health-care provider, visit Emergency and Urgent Care Options.
  • Telehealth Ontario at 1-866-797-0000 can also provide health advice and information.

More Resources 

Durham Region Public Health Department

Ontario Ministry of Health – The Flu