Toronto Public Health flu shot clinics officially open Thursday

Toronto Public Health flu shot clinics officially open Thursday

Clinics, starting in November, will provide flu shots to families with children aged 5 and under, as well as their siblings and parents or guardians.

The Florida Department of Health in Pinellas County is offering free flu shots at its annual Flu Boo event Tuesday, Oct. 20, at the St. Petersburg office.

Hagdorn said there are many opportunities for University students to get their flu shots this year, but the Health Network is requiring appointments.

Leading by example, Mayor John Tory, the City's Medical Officer of Health, Doctor Eileen de Villa, and Board of Health Chair Joe Cressy, are all rolling up their sleeves to get their flu shot on Thursday morning.

Doctors say getting a flu shot is always important, but especially this year as COVID-19 continues to be a major health concern.

Hagdorn also said that it is possible to get the flu and COVID-19 at the same time.

The CDC website also says that there are multiple reasons why someone might still get the flu after getting the flu shot, but it is not from the flu vaccine itself.

No time to get a flu shot?

The pop-up clinics are designed for those who don't have insurance or those who can't get the vaccine from their health care provider or pharmacy.

In Ontario, the flu shot is free for anyone six months of age or older and there is no requirement to produce a health card to receive the vaccine.

OPH is now booking appointments, with flu clinics set to open on Thursday, October 29.

Texas A&M health officials say they have nearly doubled the number of flu vaccines administered past year as more people are wanting it due to COVID-19. While the flu shot will not protect against COVID-19, it will help reduce the risk of getting the flu which, if combined with COVID-19, could result in a higher risk for severe illness. Despite this, nearly one-half of all Americans do not get a flu shot each year.

"The best thing to do is just get your flu shot when you're able to, but we're really trying to emphasize as many people as possible to get their flu shot before Halloween", Hagdorn said.

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