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Getting Your Flu Shot

Niagara Region Public Health is not holding community flu clinics or offering flu appointments for residents.

Free flu shots available across Niagara

Physicians and pharmacies are receiving the flu vaccine. Contact your health care provider to get your flu shot. If you don't have one, see a list of family physicians in Niagara who are accepting new patients.

Flu shots are available at participating pharmacies (for individuals two years of age or over) and through walk-in clinics. Check ahead for vaccine availability

If you're having problems accessing the flu vaccine, it's important to know that the flu vaccine is shipped in batches. Health care providers can continue to order additional doses, but replenishing supply can take time. You can contact the Ministry of Health directly at uiip.moh@ontario.ca if you have questions or comments about the provincial supply of the flu vaccine.

It's more important than ever to get your flu shot this year

The flu shot won't protect you from COVID-19. You also can't get the flu from the flu shot.

The flu shot will protect you from influenza and help keep people out of the hospital. Remember, the flu vaccine still prevents and reduces the severity of the flu, even if it's not a perfect match. Getting the flu shot could mean the difference between:

  • Staying at home to recover or going to the hospital for treatment
  • Taking a couple of sick days from work or missing several days

Getting your flu shot doesn't mean that you won't get sick at all:

  • If you get infected with the flu before your body has had a chance to build immunity, you will get the flu
  • The flu shot doesn't protect you from COVID-19, the common cold or stomach illnesses

Getting the flu shot won't increase your risk of COVID-19 illness.

Getting the flu shot

Plan to get the flu shot as soon as you can. The earlier the better. Your body needs about two weeks to build immunity after getting the flu shot. Health care providers have protocols in place for safe immunizations. Flu vaccines are prioritized for those at high-risk of complications or hospitalization due to flu and health care providers. Typically, you can plan to get your flu shot in early November.

Everyone six months of age and older should get a flu shot each year.

The most vulnerable are:

  • Young children
  • Pregnant women
  • Indigenous people
  • Adults over 65 years old
  • People with underlying medical conditions

Before you get your flu shot

Pain from vaccinations is common. Plan ahead for pain management. Find tips for reducing stress, anxiety and pain during vaccination:

Remember to wear a loose fitting t-shirt or tank top and a mask.

If you're in self-isolation or not feeling well, you should not attend your flu appointment. Some of the symptoms of COVID-19 are similar to the flu, and it may be hard to tell the difference between them based on symptoms alone.

If you're feeling unwell before getting your flu shot, stay home and indoors, even if your symptoms are mild.

Learn about COVID-19 symptoms. If you have any symptoms of COVID-19 that are new or getting worse, even if you're fully vaccinated against COVID-19, or previously tested positive for COVID-19, you should:

Flu vaccine for seniors

Adults 65 years of age and older are at high risk of flu complications.

There may be an option for individuals 65 years of age and older to get either a high-dose Quadrivalent Inactivated (QIV-HD) or an adjuvanted Trivalent Inactivated (TIV-adj) flu vaccine. The most important thing is for you to be vaccinated. Don't wait for a particular product. They all protect against flu.

After your flu shot

Thank you for getting vaccinated. Getting your flu shot is the most effective way to protect yourself from the flu and flu-related complications.

If you don't feel well after getting your flu shot:

More information

If you have questions about the flu shot, read Immunize Canada's frequently asked questions.

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