Niagara Region Public Health is not holding community flu clinics.
Contact your health care provider to get your flu shot. If you don't have one, find a doctor accepting patients or visit a walk-in clinic.
Flu shots are available at participating pharmacies for individuals two years of age or over. Check ahead for vaccine availability.
The flu shot will protect you from the flu and help keep people out of the hospital.
Remember, the flu shot still prevents and reduces the severity of the flu, even if it's not a perfect match. It could mean the difference between:
Getting your flu shot doesn't mean that you won't get sick at all:
The best way to protect yourself against getting both infections this season is to make sure you've had your flu shot and are up-to-date with all recommended COVID-19 vaccines, including any recommended booster doses.
Influenza vaccines can be received at the same time as, or anytime before or after other vaccines (including COVID-19 vaccines).
Everyone six months of age and older should get a flu shot each year. Plan to get it as soon as you can, the earlier the better. Your body needs about two weeks to build immunity after getting the flu shot. Health care providers have protocols in place for safe immunizations.
Flu vaccines are prioritized for health care providers and those at high-risk of complications or hospitalization from the flu. The most vulnerable are:
Do not delay vaccination to wait for a particular product.
Pain from vaccinations is common. Plan ahead for pain management. Find tips for reducing stress, anxiety and pain during vaccination:
Check with your health care provider or pharmacy about how to prepare for your appointment and discuss next steps if you're not feeling well on the day of your appointment.
Thank you for getting vaccinated. Getting your flu shot is the most effective way to protect yourself from the flu and flu-related complications.
If you don't feel well after getting your flu shot, read about what to expect after vaccination.
Adults 65 years of age and older are at high risk of flu complications.
Individuals 65 years of age and older are eligible to receive the Standard Dose Quadrivalent Inactivated Vaccine (QIV-SD), the High-Dose Quadrivalent Inactivated Vaccine (QIV-HD) or the Adjuvanted Trivalent Inactivated Vaccine (TIV-adj). Doctors' offices and pharmacies will receive various flu vaccines. The most important thing is for you to be vaccinated. Don't wait for a particular product. They all protect against flu.
If you have questions about the flu shot, read Immunize Canada's frequently asked questions.