Flu shot availability began popping up at pharmacy chains and doctors’ offices this summer, but when it comes to getting the shot, earlier isn't better. -babies under six months are too young to get the flu shot, but they’ll get some protection if their parent got the flu shot while they were pregnant For the 2020/2021 season, if you’re 65 and older, there are two different flu shots available; standard-dose and high-dose. With flu season taking place this year in the midst of the COVID-19 pandemic, people who get the influenza vaccine can help reduce the load on the healthcare system. For the 2020/2021 season, if you’re 65 and older, there are two different flu shots available; standard-dose and high-dose. In Ontario, the province has promised to prioritize the distribution of the vaccine to people in long-term care homes, hospitals and retirement home. -pregnant people, because their immune system, heart and lungs change, especially later in pregnancy, making them more likely to get seriously ill from the flu The most important thing is for seniors to not delay, but get protected. Do not wait for a particular product. (File photo courtesy of © Can Stock Photo / casanowe). For the 2019/2020 season, if you're 65 and older, there are two different flu shots available – standard dose and high-dose. That includes: Note: “ Prevention and Control of Seasonal Influenza with Vaccines: Recommendations of the Advisory Committee on Immunization Practices — United States, 2020-2021 Influenza Season” has been published. The following provides information about the Ontario Ministry of Health (the ministry's) Universal Influenza Immunization Program (UIIP) for the 2020/2021 influenza season. People are able to get the vaccines from pharmacies, family doctors and public health clinics. The Public Health Agency of Canada and the US Centers for Disease Control both advise that the best way to protect yourself from the flu is to get an annual flu vaccine. BlackburnNews.com is a network of local newsrooms providing timely, accurate multimedia coverage of Southwestern and Midwestern Ontario. Flu shots will be available … Healthcare workers, household contacts of those at high-risk and/or those who provide care to those under five are capable of spreading flu to this high-risk population. If the vaccine and the flu strain are a good match, the vaccine can prevent the flu in about 70%-90% of healthy children and adults. In Ontario, flu shots are available in a variety of locations once they are distributed. -children under five years of age, because their immune systems are developing, and their airways are small and more easily blocked Those at high-risk are more vulnerable to complications from flu. The Grey Bruce Health Unit said the flu shot not only protects you, it helps protect those around you! “The best time to get vaccinated is from mid-September through the month of October,” says William Schaffner, M.D., medical director of the National Foundation for Infectious Diseases. Do not wait for a particular product. Check for flu shot availability today FLU SHOT NOT AVAILABLE - Click on to receive an email or SMS notification when the flu shot is available FLU SHOT AVAILABLE - Click on to fill out the consent form before your visit to your local Shoppers Drug Mart. The UIIP offers influenza vaccine free of charge each year to all individuals six months of age and older who live, work or go to school in Ontario. Both the standard-dose and high-dose vaccines contain effective strains for people over the age of 65. People in Midwestern Ontario can now get their flu shots. Both shots are effective – do not delay getting vaccinated. People can receive their vaccine through their healthcare provider and local participating pharmacies. Getting the flu shot in 2020 is on the to-do list for many Toronto residents this time of year but especially so with COVID-19. To get the standard-dose vaccine, which protects against 4 strains of flu virus: -people 65 years old and older, because their immune systems are weaker and they are more likely to have an underlying condition that increases their risk -people with underlying health conditions, such as asthma, heart disease or diabetes. -Your doctor or nurse practitioner at your regular medical office; pharmacies do not offer flu vaccine to children under 5 years, -If you are not rostered with a medical office, please contact the Grey Bruce Health Unit to make an appointment with us, -Your doctor or nurse practitioner at your regular medical office. Your doctor or nurse practitioner can answer any questions you might have.