The influenza (flu) virus is a contagious virus that anyone can get. The flu shot helps protect against the four most common influenza viruses during flu season. Flu season typically runs from late fall to early spring.
Why should I get the flu shot?
The flu shot is recommended for everyone 6 months old and older because it is:
- safe (inclusind for kids and if you are pregnant or breastfeeding)
- available from your doctor or nurse practitioner, and at participating pharmacies and local public health units across the province
- proven to reduce the number of doctor visits, hospitalizations and deaths related to the flu
- different each year because the virus changes frequently - so you need to get it every fall!
Information taken from Ontario Ministry of Health
If you are a patient here at the Southlake Family Health Team, you can receive the flu shot right here in our office! Please check back in the coming weeks for more information on when flu shot vaccinations become available.
Hepatitis B, HPV, and Meningitis Vaccines for Grade 7/8 Students
As of Fall 2022, York Region Public Health (YRPH) will begin offering in-school immunization clinics. Eligible students are able to be immunized against Hepatitis B, Human Papillomavirus (HPV), and Meningococcal ACTW-135.
Vaccine eligibility information:
Vaccine eligibility information chart from York Region Public Health
Students may also book an appointment online at a York Region Public Health community clinic to student catch-up immunizations if they missed the school clinic or if they need an additional dose of Hepatitis B or HPV vaccine.
Last updated on: September 28, 2022