Together we can reduce the risk of flu.

With flu season typically running from late fall to early spring, it is our responsibility as health care providers, partners and patients to take action against the flu.

This year is expected to be particularly challenging for the health care system as Public Health is predicting the flu season peak will overlap with the holiday period between Christmas and New Year’s.

The flu vaccine must meet the very highest standards, its side effects are minor and the vaccine cannot give you the flu. In order to offer the most effective protection against influenza, the vaccine must contain part of the virus itself – the virus is inactivated in the injection and cannot give you the flu.

With flu season here, it is important to protect yourself and the people you serve by getting the flu shot and supporting your patients/clients to get one.

 

Where to get the flu vaccine:

  • doctor or nurse practitioner
  • local public health unit (list of clinics in Toronto Central LHIN)
  • participating pharmacy

Other ways to prevent the flu:

In addition to getting the flu vaccine, you can also protect yourself and those around you from the flu by:

  • washing your hands frequently
  • coughing and sneezing into the bend of your arm, not into your hand
  • avoiding touching your nose, mouth or eyes with your hands
  • cleaning and disinfecting objects and surfaces that a lot of people touch, such as:
    • doorknobs
    • phones
    • television remotes
  • eating healthy foods and doing physical activities to keep your immune system strong
  • getting plenty of rest or sleep
 


If you do get sick, please stay home and avoid contact with other people until your symptoms are gone. This will help prevent the spread of the virus.

Thank you for protecting yourself from the flu and for helping to ensure a well-functioning health care system over the coming months.  

Susan Fitzpatrick

CEO, Toronto Central LHIN