GUELPH – The 2020-21 flu season is upon us. Between now and April this region will see its yearly exposure to the flu virus.
Wellington-Dufferin-Guelph Public Health (WDGPH) is reminding residents immunization against the flu is especially important this fall with COVID-19 also circulating.
Officials have been encouraged by the enthusiastic response for this year’s flu shot, states an Oct. 13 press release.
“This year more than ever I encourage every resident of Wellington, Dufferin and Guelph who is able to get a flu shot from their pharmacist, their primary care provider or public health,” said Medical Officer of Health Dr. Nicola Mercer.
“With COVID-19 cases on the rise, the flu shot is an important tool in protecting our community – especially our most vulnerable citizens – and reducing the strain on the health care system as we combat a global pandemic.”
The annual flu immunization is a collaborative effort between many public and private organizations.
Members of the public can get a flu shot at a variety of locations, depending on age.
Those aged six months to five years can get the shot from their family doctor/primary care provider or from public health. Pharmacies are unable to administer flu shots to children under five.
Those aged five to 64 can get the shot from their family doctor/primary care provider, from public health or from a pharmacy.
Those aged 65 and up can received the flu shot from their family doctor/primary care provider, from public health or from a pharmacy. This year, pharmacies will be offering a high-dose flu vaccine for seniors.
There are a limited number of flu clinic appointments available through public health (visit wdgpublichealth.ca/flu).
Due to COVID-19, WDGPH is unable to offer drop-in flu shot clinics.