Get your flu shot at your nearest community clinic to stay healthy during the cold winter season.
Everyone is at risk of getting the flu! Getting the flu shot each fall can protect you, your family, friends and co-workers. Since the virus that causes influenza changes frequently, you need to get a new flu shot each year. The vaccine is free, safe and cannot give you the flu.
You can play an active role in staying healthy and preventing the spread of the flu virus by following these simple steps:
- Get your flu shot
Getting the flu shot every year is one of the most effective ways to prevent catching and spreading the flu virus
Get your flu shot at a Toronto Public Health clinic or participating GTA pharmacies.
- Wash your hands frequently
Wash your hands often with soap and warm water for at least 20 seconds to help remove bacteria and viruses. Wash before and after eating, after you have been in a public place, after using the washroom, after coughing and sneezing and after touching surfaces that may have been contaminated. An alcohol-based hand sanitizer is also effective in killing viruses.
- Keep your hands away from your face
In most cases, the flu virus enters the body through the eyes, nose or mouth.
- Cough and sneeze into your arm, not your hand
If you use a tissue, dispose of it as soon as possible and wash your hands.
- Keep common surface areas clean and disinfected
Doorknobs, light switches, telephones, keyboards and other surfaces can become contaminated with all kinds of bacteria and viruses. Regular cleaning and disinfecting of these surfaces with normal household disinfectants can help. Viruses can live on hard surfaces for up to 48 hours.
- If you get sick, stay home
If you think you have the flu, you should stay home from work until your symptoms are gone. If your symptoms get worse, call your health care provider.
The flu shot is free and available to people six months of age and older who live, work or attend school in Ontario. To receive your flu shot you can visit your free local clinic, pharmacy or the Toronto Public Health website
for a list of convenient Flu Shot Clinic locations near you.