Get your flu shot
The flu shot is the best way you can protect yourself and your loved ones.
Remember that influenza (flu) spreads easily from person to person, 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
The flu is not the same as having a cold. The Flu Facts page on Ontario.ca has a symptom chart to help you identify if you have the flu or a cold.
Who is 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, older adults 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.
Where to get your flu shot
Region of Peel Flu Clinics have ended for the 2019-2020 season.
Free flu shots continue to be are available across Peel, including:
- Family Doctors’ offices
- Walk-in clinics
Other ways to prevent getting the flu
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.