Influenza is a serious illness that can lead to pneumonia.
The flu shot is safe and it’s the most effective way to protect you and your family from the flu.
Public Health held free flu vaccination clinics in Oxford County from October 26-November 17, 2015. You can still get your flu vaccine from participating local pharmacies or your health care provider. Check the Ontario flu clinic locator to find a flu clinic near you.
More information about the flu
Dealing with the flu. The Government of Ontario's Dealing with the flu guide tells you what you can do to ease flu symptoms and when you should call your health care professional.
Questions about immunization? Visit www.immunize.ca for science-based information, including a special section for parents.
Why get the flu shot?
Studies have found that the flu shot can prevent up to 90%* of influenza in healthy adults and children. The Public Health Agency of Canada estimates that the flu and complications from the flu send about 20,000 Canadians to the hospital every year and cause 2,000 to 8,000 deaths.
What is the difference between the cold and the flu?
Symptoms of the common cold and flu can be similar. The Government of Ontario's Flu Fact Chart helps explain the difference between a simple cold and the flu.
*Colds do not generally result in serious health problems such as pneumonia or bacterial infections.
NOTE: Children may also experience the croup, ear infections, nausea, vomiting and diarrhea when they have influenza - these symptoms are not common in adults.
For health professionals
Influenza activity in Oxford County (2015-2016): Weekly updates
* National Advisory Committee on Immunization (NACI), Statement on Seasonal Trivalent Inactivated Influenza Vaccine (TIV) 2010-2011
** Kwong JC, et al. 2008