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Free Flu Shot Clinics

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. Speak to your health care provider about getting the flu shot, or take advantage of other ways to get one:

Flu Vaccine Available at Local Pharmacies

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

Family-Friendly Flu Shot Clinics (for Families with Children Under Age 5)

If your child is under the age of five years, the Health Unit is offering appointment-only flu shot clinics just for your family. At these clinics, both young children and their parents/caregivers can receive their flu shots here. The clinics are provided as follows:

• In Brighton on Tuesday, Nov. 13

• In Haliburton on Wednesday, Nov. 14

• In Lindsay on Wednesday, Nov. 21

• In Port Hope on Thursday, Nov. 22.

Book your child's flu shot appointment by calling the Health Unit toll-free at 1-866-888-4577, ext. 1507

Community Flu Vaccine 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

Why should infants and children get the flu vaccine?

Children under five years of age -- especially those under two -- are at higher risk of complications from the more
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

Influenza Vaccine Fact Sheet