TORONTO, ON- Ontario’s government doesn’t want you to get sick this flu season.

The province put out a notice today reminding residents about the importance of getting the flu shot, in order to avoid getting the flu and spreading it around.

“Each year, thousands of people across the province get sick with the flu, which puts extra pressure on hospitals and the health care system,” read the announcement.

“The flu shot provides the best defence and is a proven way to reduce emergency department visits and wait times to help end hallway health care.”

The flu shot in Ontario is free of charge.

Health Minister Christine Elliot received her shot today in Toronto. She said the shot is a way to help stop “hallway health care”.

Today, Christine Elliott, Deputy Premier and Minister of Health, was at Rexall Pharmacy at Women’s College Hospital in Toronto to get the flu shot.

“In fact, getting your flu shot is an important part of keeping all Ontarians healthy and out of hospital, while reducing the strain on our emergency departments,” said Elliot.

The flu shot will be available across the province to protect you and your family.”

The shot is said to be important for young children, pregnant women, and people over 65 who are at risk of flu-related complications. It’ll be available at family doctor and nurse practitioner offices, public health units, and participating pharmacies for anyone older than five years of age.

For children between six months and four years old, the shot can be given by a doctor or nurse practitioner.

The free flu shot is especially important for young children, pregnant women and people 65 years and older who are at high risk of flu-related complications. It will be available at family doctor and nurse practitioner offices, public health units and participating pharmacies for anyone five years of age or older. For children between six months and four years old, the shot can be administered by a doctor or nurse practitioner.

The province said that flu season can start as soon as November, with the shot taking around two weeks to reach full effect. It’s recommended to get it as soon as possible.

During the last flu season, there were around 5,450 flu-related hospital visits in Ontario, and around 275 deaths related to the flu

 

 

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