The seasonal flu shot (influenza vaccination) helps reduce people’s chances of developing the flu and of passing it along to others.
What is seasonal influenza (flu)?
Seasonal flu is a highly contagious infection of the lungs, nose and throat that generally occurs between November and April. The virus is spread through the air (coughing, sneezing) and through contact with contaminated objects such as unwashed hands and toys.
Symptoms come on suddenly. They include a runny nose, sore throat, headache and muscle aches, and can include a fever and nausea.
Most people recover within a week or so. However, those with weakened immune systems can develop serious complications.
What are the benefits of the flu shot?
The flu shot can prevent flu illness in up to 70 to 90 per cent of healthy children and adults, according to the Public Health Agency of Canada.
The flu shot helps protect the people who receive it as well as the people around them who could catch the virus, which is especially important for those with immune system issues.
Who should get a flu shot?
The Public Health Agency of Canada generally recommends that everyone older than six months of age get the flu shot.
People at higher risk of developing complications such as pneumonia and heart disease are encouraged to receive the shot, as are those who live or work with them.
Generally, people who have had a severe allergic reaction to flu vaccine should not receive the flu shot.
When and how can I get a flu shot?
Simply contact us to book your appointment during flu shot season.
You can download and fill out the Flu Shot Consent Form below and bring it to your appointment for faster service.
For more information, contact your pharmacist or medical professional.