Influenza Vaccine (flu shot)

Fall is here and so are flu vaccines.
Respiratory infections are caused by viruses that spread more easily as we move back into indoor spaces.  Flu virus strains change from year to year and the effectiveness of the vaccine wears off with time. It is important for everyone 6 months and older to get the flu shot every year to protect yourself and those around you. Seasonal flu vaccines are available free of charge at many local pharmacies, health-care providers, and public health community clinics.

Where you can get the flu shot in Lambton County

Participating Pharmacies – County

Forest Pharmacy
Moderna
Forest, 19 King St. W.
Monday to Friday: 9 a.m. to 6 p.m.
Saturday: 9 a.m. – 5 p.m.
Sunday & Holidays: 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.
forestpharmacy.com – appointment only.
 
Hogan’s Pharmacy
Moderna/Pfizer Pediatric
Petrolia, 4177 Petrolia Line
Monday to Friday: 9 a.m. to 9 p.m.
Saturday: 9 a.m. – 6 p.m.
Sunday: 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.
hoganpharmacy.com – appointment only – book online.

Shoppers Drug Mart
Pfizer & Moderna
Grand Bend, 65 Main St.
Monday to Friday: 9 a.m. – 8 p.m.
Saturday & Sunday: 9 a.m. – 6 p.m.
519-869-4224 or book online – shoppersdrugmart.ca

Participating Pharmacies – Sarnia

Flu shots are available starting October 24th and are available for individuals 2 years of age and older.

LOCATIONS
– Bluewater Pharmacy (Hogan)
– BMC Pharmacy
– Brights Grove Family Pharmacy
– Drug Basics Pharmacy
– Exmouth Pharmacy
– Front St. Pharmacy
– Hogan Pharmacy
– IDA Centrepoint Pharmacy
– Loblaw Pharmacy
– Metro Pharmacy
– Northgate Pharmacy
– Pharmasave
– Rapids Pharmachoice
– Rexall Pharmacy
– Sarnia Pharmacy
– Shoppers Drug Mart (4 Sarnia locatons + Brights Grove)
– SMG Pharmacy
– Vidal St. Pharmacy
– Wal-Mart Pharmacy
– Wiltshire Pharmacy

Health Care Providers

Flu shots are now available for individuals 6 months of age and older.

Community Clinics

Flu shot clinics are now complete, but we are offering flu vaccine to all those who are receiving a COVID-19 vaccine at one of our clinics.
 
Remaining flu shot appointments at Lambton Public Health are only available for children who do not have a primary care provider or have trouble accessing the vaccine from their provider  (especially those 6 months to 2 years of age who cannot be vaccinated at a pharmacy) . If your child meets these criteria, please contact our vaccine call centre at 226-254-8222  to book an appointment

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Frequently Asked Questions

What is the flu?

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.

What are the symptoms of the flu?

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.

What do I need to know about the flu vaccine in pregnancy?

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 the flu vaccine in pregnancy here.

Do I need to wait to get my flu shot after I receive the COVID-19 vaccine?

For individuals 5 years and older, COVID-19 vaccines may be given at the same time as, or any time before or after any other vaccine.  Therefore, you do not need to wait to get your flu shot after you’ve received the COVID-19 vaccine.

For children ages 6 months to 4 years, the flu shot should be given either 14 days before or after administration of the COVID-19 vaccine.

Information for Health Care Partners providing flu vaccine

Please visit the Vaccines and Cold-Chain Inspections for Health-care Providers web page for the flu vaccine order form, under the vaccine orders and returns tab.