Influenza immunizations available in Huron and Perth counties

Huron Perth Public Health is encouraging all residents six months of age and older to get their influenza vaccine (“flu shot”) this fall.

The influenza vaccine has started to become available in our community, and will be widely available after the province’s official Universal Influenza Immunization Program launch near the end of October.

“Getting the influenza vaccine is the best way to protect yourself and your loved ones from getting influenza,” says Lorna Askes, Public Health Nurse.

Similar to previous years, this year’s influenza immunizations will be available through several providers.

Residents can get their influenza immunization at:

  • Physician’s office (family doctor or nurse practitioner): for those ages 6 months and older. Contact your physician’s office for information on how to get the vaccine.
  • Pharmacies: for those ages 5 and older. New this year! The high-dose vaccine will be available at pharmacies for those 65 years of age and older.
  • Huron Perth Public Health Clinics: for families with children 6 months to less than 5 years of age who do not have a family doctor or nurse practitioner. More information on these clinic dates, to be held in November, and their locations, will be available soon on our website and social media. 

The influenza vaccine does not protect against other viruses, such as norovirus (the ‘stomach flu’), or coronavirus. “Protecting yourself and others from influenza and keeping healthy is especially important this year because COVID-19 is still circulating in our community,” says Askes. “The vaccine is an important component of managing the health care system’s capacity during the pandemic.”

To help stop the spread of influenza in the community, HPPH advises all residents to continue to maintain physical distancing practices and:

  • Wash hands with soap thoroughly and often
  • Cough or sneeze into your sleeve
  • Keep surfaces and items disinfected
  • Stay home if you are sick
  • Get the influenza vaccine

 

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