Flu Shot Information

Updated: Tuesday October 18, 2016

If you have already received or will receive your flu shot at another location, please let us know so that we can update your chart.

 

Influenza (or flu) is a common respiratory illness affecting millions of Canadians each year. In Canada, flu season usually runs from November to April. The flu viruses are capable of changing from year to year, so the composition of the vaccine has to be changed yearly. This is why it is necessary to be immunized each fall.

The most effective way to protect yourself from the flu is to be vaccinated each year in the fall. Regular hand washing is another way to help minimize your risk. By washing your hands often, you will reduce your chance of becoming infected.

We suggest you mark the dates on your calendar.  For those over the age of 65, it is strongly recommended that you consider getting the flu shot.

After you get a flu shot, your immune system produces antibodies against the strains of virus in the vaccine. The antibodies are effective for four to six months. When you are exposed to the influenza virus, the antibodies will help to prevent infection or reduce the severity of the illness.

The benefits of flu shots far outweigh the risks. The flu vaccine cannot cause influenza because it does not contain any live virus. The most common side effect is soreness at the site of injection, which may last a couple of days. You might also notice fever, fatigue and muscle aches within 6 to 12 hours after your shot, and these effects may last a day or two.

The primary reason to get a flu shot is to protect yourself from health effects related to flu.  Seniors who have the flu shot are less likely to be hospitalized or die than those who do not.  Also, by getting a flu shot, you will also help protect other Canadians and reduce the burden on the health care system.

People will be seen on a walk-in basis.  Flu vaccine is free but you must bring your health card number to get the flu shot.

 

Understanding Influenza Fact Sheet can be downloaded here (in PDF format):

http://www.phac-aspc.gc.ca/influenza/pdf/ui-eg-eng.pdf

 

Seasonal Influenza (Flu) Vaccine Fact Sheet can be downloaded here (in PDF format):

http://www.niagararegion.ca/living/health_wellness/disease-prevent/pdf/2011-flu-fact-sheet.pdf

Niagara Region revised October 1, 2013

 

Flu Shot Clinics 2016 (printable version)

We ask that you call ahead (905-957-3328) and book an appointment for during the dates and times listed below.  Patients will NOT be seen on a walk-in basis.

FLU VACCINE IS FREE BUT YOU MUST BRING YOUR HEALTH CARD TO GET THE FLU SHOT.

Flu Shot Clinics will be held at our office:

Tue Nov 1st ….. 5:00 – 6:00 pm

Wed Nov 2nd ….5:00 – 6:00 pm

Thu Nov 3rd …. 5:00 – 6:00 pm

***Sat Nov 5th . 10:00-11:00 am***

Mon Nov 7th ….5:00 – 6:00 pm

Tue Nov 8th …..5:00 – 6:00 pm

Tue Nov 15th .. 5:00 – 6:00 pm

Wed Nov 16th . 5:00 – 6:00 pm

Thu Nov 17th .. 5:00 – 6:00 pm

Mon Nov 21st . 5:00 – 6:00 pm

Thu Nov 24th . 6:00 – 7:00 pm

Mon Nov 28th . 5:00 – 6:00 pm

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