Influenza vaccine availability update from Toronto Public Health.
As we enter flu season, a focus for our Team is to ensure everyone in our community has access to the most accurate and up-to-date information about the influenza vaccine. This year more than ever, it is critically important that people get a flu vaccine to protect themselves and those around them.
You or your clients may have questions about how and where to get the flu vaccine this year. We hope you find the information found on this page informative and that it helps you confidently address your clients’ questions and concerns.
In Canada, people over the age of six months are encouraged to get the influenza vaccine. Your clients will fall into one of two categories:
People who are at greater risk of flu-related complications fall in the priority group category. They are children under the age of 5, older adults over 65 and pregnant women.
People six years of age and older and those 64 and under with no pre-existing health condition do not fall into the priority group.
The Mid-West Toronto Ontario Health Team is currently working with its care providers and community partners to offer a number of mobile and pop-up flu clinics for the patients and clients of our partners, shelters and drop-ins, Toronto Community Housing for Seniors and other affiliated agencies in the Mid-West Toronto region. This effort is particularly focused on supporting access to the vaccine for vulnerable seniors and less mobile adults.
In an effort to provide additional access support to the priority groups, a small number of open pop-up clinics may become available throughout the month of November pending capacity. Check back to this site often for updates on flu shot pop-up clinics dates and locations.
Toronto Public Health and the Ministry of Ontario have made a number of patient education materials that we encourage you to share with your clients. You can find a list of materials on our Resources for Patients page.