As Autumn marches in and chill winds start to blow, the Eastern Ontario Health Unit (EOHU) is recommending that all residents receive their flu shots as soon as possible. The flu shot is the best way to protect against the flu, and many people would agree that COVID-19 is enough of a problem without adding flu to the mix. The flu shot has been approved for everyone six months and older and is safe to use alongside the COVID-19 vaccine, so there’s no reason to delay.
“Now that people have increased their interactions with others, and that cold and flu viruses are once again circulating in the community, it’s especially important that everyone get their flu shot in the fall,” said Dr. Paul Roumeliotis, Medical Officer of Health at the Eastern Ontario Health Unit (EOHU). “Both COVID and the flu share symptoms, and despite their similarities, being fully vaccinated for COVID won’t protect you from the flu. Getting the flu shot can help you stay healthy and reduce the pressure on our already strained healthcare system.”
The flu shot is especially encouraged for children under five years of age, people 65 and older, and anyone with a chronic medical condition, as well as anyone that lives with or cares for them.
The flu shot is available through healthcare providers, community health centres, and participating pharmacies, as well as by appointment through the EOHU for children under five and their immediate family. Visit EOHU.ca to learn how to book an appointment.