1. Our clinic will be offering flu shots to our patients.
This will be done by appointment only; no walk-in flu shots will be given.
Priority will be given to high risk patients.
See below for details.
2. Participating pharmacies
Please call your local pharmacy to find out more.
Please inform us if you receive your flu shot at a pharmacy so that we can keep our records up to date.
1. Please call the clinic to book a date and time for your flu shot
- bookings will depend on the supply we receive from Public Health
- priority will be given to high risk patients
- our nurse will be administering the flu shot; please do not expect to see you doctor on the same day
2. 48 hours before your appointment, you will receive a COVID19 Screening Questionnaire by email. This must be completed before your appointment.
- complete one questionnaire for EACH person receiving their flu shot
- flu shots will not be given to patients with symptoms of COVID 19
3. On the day of your appointment:
- please arrive on time (not early or late)
- you must buzz the office to be let into the building; advise our staff that you are here for the flu shot clinic
- family members or friends will NOT be permitted into the clinic unless you need assistance with mobility
- wear a short-sleeved shirt to allow easy access to your shoulder where the vaccine will be given.There are no facilities for patients to undress for the flu shot clinic.
4. Once you receive your flu shot, you will be asked to wait in a socially distanced waiting room for up to 15 minutes to ensure you do not experience a negative reaction to the vaccine.
1. Are flu shots covered under OHIP?
Yes. Anyone with a valid Ontario Health card can get the flu shot free of charge.
2. I have heard there is more than one type of flu shot available this year.
Yes, there are two types of flu shots available:
"Regular Flu Shot" - contains four flu strains at standard doses; all patients 6 months and older can receive this flu shot.
"High Dose Flu Shot" - contains three flu strains at a much stronger dose; it is intended for patients 65 years and older.
Our clinic and select pharmacies will be carrying both types of flu shot this year.
3. Does the flu shot protect against COVID19?
No. However, getting the flu shot is more important than ever during 2020-2021 to protect yourself and the people around you from flu, and to help reduce the strain on healthcare systems responding to the COVID-19 pandemic.
4. Does the Flu Shot work right away?
No. It takes about 2 weeks after vaccination for antibodies to develop in the body and provide protection against influenza virus infection. It is best to get vaccinated before influenza virus starts to spred in your community.
5. How effective is the flu shot?
Flu vaccine effectiveness varies from season to season, depending on the age and health status of the person getting vaccinated, and the similarity or "match" between the viruses in the vaccine and those in circulation. It is possible to get sick with the flu even if you have been vaccinated, however flu vaccine has been shown to reduce the severity of illness in the people who got vaccinated but still get sick.
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