Please note that the Flu Shot Clinic for Tuesday, November 12 has been cancelled due to a provincial shortage of flu vaccine. We have been assured that our office will be notified once the vaccine becomes available. Our website will be updated as information becomes available.
If you wish to receive your flu vaccine in the meantime, please contact your local pharmacy.
The 2019 Flu Shot Clinic for Caroline Medical Group patients will be held on Tuesdays from October 15 to November 26 from 8:30am to 1pm and 2pm to 7pm.*
Please bring a valid Ontario Health Card.
Please remember to wear a short sleeved shirt/blouse.
Please let us know if you receive your flu shot elsewhere so that we can update your medical records.
*Subject to availability. Please call ahead.
Everyone 6 months and older should get the flu shot
The flu shot is your best defence against the flu. It can save lives by:
- protecting you, if you are exposed to the virus
- preventing you from getting very sick
- protecting people close to you
- because you are less likely to spread the virus
The flu shot is recommended for everyone 6 months and older, especially:
People at high risk of complications from the flu
- people with health conditions, such as:
- cancer and other immune compromising conditions
- heart disease
- lung disease
- kidney disease
- neurologic or neurodevelopment conditions
- children up to 18 years of age undergoing treatment for long periods with acetylsalicylic acid (ASA)
- people 65 years and older
- people who live in nursing homes or other long-term care facilities
- children under 5 years of age
- pregnant women or those planning to get pregnant
- Indigenous peoples
People who can pass on the flu virus to those at high risk
- child care providers
- healthcare providers
- family and other household members
- those who provide services in closed or relatively closed settings to people at high risk, such as crew on a ship
Get a flu shot every year
It’s important that you get a new flu shot every year because:
- the type of flu virus usually changes from year to year
- a new vaccine is created every year to protect you each flu season
- effectiveness of the flu shot can wear off, so you need a new one every year to stay protected
The flu shot is effective
The effectiveness of the vaccine varies from season to season. It depends on how well the vaccine matches with the circulating flu viruses, as well as the health and age of the person getting the flu shot.
The viruses circulating in the population can sometimes change during the time it takes to produce a vaccine. When this happens during the flu season, the flu shot may not work as well as expected.
It is also important to remember that the flu shot protects against several different flu viruses each season. Even when there is a less-than-ideal match or lower effectiveness against one virus, the seasonal flu shot can still provide protection against the remaining two or three viruses. If you do get the flu, the flu shot may reduce the severity of your symptoms.
Getting your flu shot is still the most effective way to protect yourself against the flu and flu-related complications.
The flu shot is safe
- severe reactions are very rare
- you can’t get the flu from the flu shot
- most people have no side effects from the flu shot