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Flu Vaccine

The flu vaccine is the most effective way to protect you and your family from influenza this winter! Protect yourself and your loved ones by getting the flu vaccine.

Ask your health care provider about getting the flu vaccine, or take advantage of other ways to get the flu shot:

Flu Vaccine Available at Local Pharmacies

Find a pharmacy offering flu vaccines in Northumberland County, Haliburton County and the City of Kawartha Lakes. Pharmacists in Ontario can provide flu vaccine for individuals five years of age and older.

Flu Shots for Children Under Five

If you have a child under age five, contact the Health Unit about getting a flu shot for him or her. Call 1-866-888-4577, ext. 1507.

Community Flu Shot Clinics

The Health Unit is not providing community flu shot clinics this fall. You are encouraged to see your health care provider or pharmacist to get the flu vaccine.

Frequently Asked Questions

How effective is the flu in protecting me from getting the flu?

When the vaccine is well matched to the flu strains circulating that season, it can prevent the flu in 60% to 80% of
healthy children and adults, and about 50% of the elderly. People who receive the vaccine can still get influenza,
but if they do, it is usually milder. The most common side effect from the flu shot is soreness at the injection site.

Why do I need a flu shot every year?

The flu shot is manufactured to protect against the most likely flu virus strains to be circulating this season as determined by the World Health Organization (WHO). The flu vaccine contains the portion of the killed flu virus that causes our bodies to develop an immune response or antibodies. It can take up to two weeks for the antibodies to build after you get the flu shot. The most common side effect from the flu shot is soreness at the injection site. It is usually temporary.

Additional Resources

The Flu - Ministry of Health and Long-Term Care