Get your flu shot
The flu spreads easily from person to person, the flu shot is your best defence.
The flu vaccine is expected to be available in October 2022 for those at higher risk for flu-related complications and to the general population in November.
It’s more important than ever
Getting the flu shot will not protect you from COVID-19, but it’s important to protect yourself and others this flu season.
Flu facts on Ontario.ca has information to help you identify if you have the flu, a cold or COVID-19.
Remember that influenza (flu) spreads easily, especially during the peak season running from late fall to early spring.
Symptoms of the flu include:
- Runny nose
- Sore throat
- Muscle aches
- Extreme weakness and fatigue
Who's at risk?
Most cases of the flu are mild and resolve with time, but in some cases, it can have serious complications and result in severe illness or even death.
Babies, children, seniors and people with certain health conditions are at higher risk of serious complications from influenza.
Get your flu shot every year
The flu shot is different each year because the virus changes – so you need to get it every year. The flu shot will not protect you from COVID-19.
Peel Public Health will not be conducting flu clinics in 2022-2023.
Make an appointment to get the free flu shot at:
- Family doctors’ offices and walk-in clinics for adults and children over 6 months of age.
- Participating pharmacies for adults and children 2 years or older.
- Individuals without a health card can receive the influenza vaccine from a community health centre or at a pharmacy.
Individuals 5 years and older can receive the flu shot at the same time, or any time before or after the COVID-19 vaccine.
Children 6 months to under 5 years should not get other vaccines (such as the flu shot) sooner than 14 days before or after receiving the COVID-19 vaccine. This helps to better understand any side effects that may occur.
Peel Public Health COVID-19 vaccine clinics will not be offering the flu shot.
You can contact your health care provider or the location where you’ll receive your vaccine to ask if they’re offering the flu shot and the COVID-19 vaccine at the same time and if the option is appropriate for you. For more information refer to the Canadian Immunization Guide.
The following agencies are pre-qualified to offer the flu shot within Peel. Contact the agency directly to arrange a clinic for your workplace or organization's staff.
Care Partners (Brampton)
Care Partners (Mississauga)
Saint Elizabeth Health Care (SE Health); Central West
Spectrum Health Care
GEM Health Care Services Brampton
Lifemark Health (Brampton & Mississauga locations)
CBI Home Health
Wash your hands often and try not to touch your face. This is a good first step to help avoid getting the flu.
You can also disinfect surfaces like countertops, door handles, computer keyboards and phones. The flu virus can live on hard surfaces like these for up to 48 hours.