Flu season has returned, and the Ontario government and Toronto's medical officer of health want you to get the shot.
Toronto Public Health today launched its flu immunization clinics, which offer free flu shots to anyone six months or older at a number of locations across the city.
The first clinic opened this morning at The Atrium on Bay Street, where Toronto’s medical officer of health Dr. David McKeown was on hand to get his shot. “Getting the flu vaccine is the best way to stay healthy and protect yourself, your family, and others against the flu,” he said in a statement.
More clinics are slated to open in the coming weeks.
The Ontario government recommends that people get their shots early, as it can take up to two weeks from the time of vaccination to build up an immunity to the virus. It notes that serious reactions to the vaccine are rare.
The flu shot is also available at doctors’ offices and community and workplace clinics. Patients five years or older have the option to get their shot at a pharmacy.
Every year, more than 12,000 Canadians are hospitalized with the flu. The illness can even cause death—but don’t read too much into the mortality figures.
See the interactive map below for Toronto flu clinic locations and their dates and hours of operation.