In addition to doctor’s offices, workplaces and public health clinics, flu shots are available in drug stores this year. (See a list of flu shot clinics here.)
Health Minister Deb Matthews led by example by rolling up her sleeve to get her shot on Thursday.
She didn’t even flinch as the pharmacist at Yonge and Carleton poked her in the arm.
Matthews is reminding people that on top of your doctor’s office and workplace and public health clinics, flu shots are available in drug stores.
Some Shopper’s Drug Mart locations will be offering the shot 24 hours a day.
Matthews wants everyone to roll up a sleeve, but especially wants protection for young kids, who are at the highest risk, along with seniors.
“Children under five are at high risk of complications and hospitalization,” she explained.
Studies show 70 to 90 per cent of flu cases can be averted with vaccination.
The flu sickens between 3.4-million and 8.6-million Canadians a year.
And depending on how bad the flu season is, between 2,000 and 8,000 Canadians die from flu complications each year.