Getting your flu shot is more important than ever this year, let’s do everything we can to keep our community safe and protect our loved ones.
While the flu vaccine will not protect against COVID-19, it will help reduce the risk of getting flu and COVID-19 at the same time. It will also reduce the burden on the health care system by preventing serious cases of the flu.
Seasonal influenza (flu) vaccine is available free of charge at some local pharmacies (contact your pharmacy for details), health-care providers, and public health community clinics.
Note: Walk-ins will not be accepted at community clinics and we will not have drop-in flu clinic days this year. You will be required to book an appointment.
Flu Shot Locations
- Flu shots for individuals 5 years of age and older
- Pharmacies have started to receive flu vaccine and will continue to receive vaccine throughout October
- Contact your local pharmacy for details
Health Care Providers
- Flu shots for individuals 6 months of age and older
- Contact your local health care provider for details
Public Health Community Clinics
- Flu shots for individuals 6 months of age and older, particularly those who have difficulty accessing vaccines at pharmacies or health care provider offices
Book your appointment
Dates and Locations – Community Clinics
- Poster – Public Health Community Clinics (PDF)
- Google Map – Click the icon at the top left corner of the map to view the full list of dates and locations.
Frequently Asked Questions
Influenza is a serious respiratory infection caused by the influenza virus. It is also called “The Flu.” Colds, stomach upset, and other viral infections are often mistaken for the flu; however, they are caused by different viruses.
Symptoms of the flu include: fever, chills, cough, runny eyes, stuffy nose, sore throat, headache, muscle aches, extreme weakness and tiredness, loss of appetite, diarrhea/vomiting (in children)
Most people will recover within 7 to 10 days, but infants, children, pregnant women, those over 65 years and those with chronic health conditions are at greater risk of serious complications such as pneumonia.
Learn more about the difference between a Common Cold, COVID-19 and the flu.
• It is recommended that all children 6 months and older get the flu vaccine every year
• A flu shot received during pregnancy provides protection for the infant until they are able to receive their own vaccine at 6 months
• Children 9 and under getting their first flu vaccine need two doses, a month apart
• Children 5 and under are not able to get the flu shot at pharmacies
• FluMist (nasal spray vaccine) is not publicly funded this season and will not be available at public health clinics or health care provider offices
What is the difference between standard-dose and high-dose flu vaccine for seniors?
The standard-dose flu vaccine protects against four strains of flu virus while the high-dose flu vaccine protects against three strains of the virus, but in higher doses. The higher dose is intended to give older people a better immune response, and therefore, better protection against flu.
This year limited quantities of the high-dose flu vaccine are available at local pharmacies, primary care provider offices, and public health flu clinics. When available, the high-dose vaccine is recommended for those 65 years and older, but any flu vaccine may be used in this age group. Seniors are encouraged not to wait for a specific product, as both standard-dose and high-dose flu vaccines are effective.
To receive your flu shot, you will be required to do the following:
Also, remember to wear short sleeves so the upper arm can be easily reached.
Pregnancy creates changes in the immune system and makes it harder for the body to fight off infection. This means that women who are pregnant are more likely to get complications from the flu virus. The flu vaccine is safe at any stage of pregnancy and will provide protection for both the mother and the baby, until the baby is able to receive their own flu vaccine at 6 months. The flu vaccine is also safe for mothers who are breastfeeding. Learn more about flu vaccine in pregnancy here.
Flu Clinic Map
Click the icon at the top left corner of the map to view the full list of dates and locations.