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The sooner you get the flu shot, the more protected you will be in the long-run — especially because flu season tends to wind down in the spring. It takes your body two weeks to establish an immune response to the vaccine and make it effective against the flu.
You could be carrying the flu and not even know it. While the virus may not be a severe health risk to everyone, some populations are at much higher risk. Babies (under six months), children with developing immune systems, pregnant women, seniors and anyone with a chronic health condition are most at risk. By getting the flu shot we protect those who are vulnerable. The flu can cause serious illness - complications from the flu can include pneumonia and flu causes about 3,500 deaths in Canada every year.
1. Does UOHS offer the Flu vaccine to patients?
Yes. If a patient comes in for a booked appointment, the flu vaccine will be offered at their appointment.
*This includes booked appointments with a specialist.
**Note that the flu vaccine will not be offered at the walk in clinic. Due to limited availability of appointments, patients who are registered to a UOHS primary care provider, with the exception of patients 65 yrs. and older or children ages 5 and under, will not be able to book appointments for the sole purpose of receiving a flu shot.
2.If I can't get the flu vaccine as a walk in patient, where do I go to get the vaccine?
Ontario patients (*ages 5 and over) can get the flu vaccine, free of charge (must bring their OHIP card) at their local participating pharmacy.
For a list of patricipating pharmacies near the uOttawa campus click here.
*Ottawa Public Health - Special clinics for children under 5 years of age
Appointment based clinics available for children 6 months to less than 5 years of age and their families until early February 2020. To book an appointment, call the Ottawa Public Health Information Centre at 613-580-6744 (TTY: 613-580-9656).
2a. What's the benefit of going to my local pharmacy?
- Community pharmacies are convenient and widely accessible and evaluations consistently demonstrate that patients are satisfied with pharmacist-led vaccinations.
- Allowing community pharmacists to administer influenza vaccination as an alternative option for delivery helps to increase the coverage rate of vaccination.
- In addition, commissioning community pharmacists to provide this service has been shown to contribute to achieving targets for those at-risk.
- Pharmacist-led influenza vaccination has become a more commonly utilized aid to support vaccination targets.
2b. What if I don't have OHIP coverage?
All patients, regardless of health coverage can get the flu vaccine at the local public health unit.
3. I am a student of the uOttawa/Ustpaul, where can I get the flu vaccine on campus?
There are 3 on campus flu clinics scheduled for the Fall 2019. Dates are:
- Wednesday, Nov 6th 9am – 4pm (90u, 140)
- Thursday, Nov 7th 9am – 4pm (90u, 140)
- Thursday, Nov 14th 9am – 4pm (RGN Atrium)
Other ways to protect yourself
Besides getting a flu shot, it’s important to eat a well-balanced meal, pay attention to your sleeping habits and exercise regularly. Also, wash your hands, cover your mouth when you cough and stay at home if you’re sick. These are the best ways to avoid spreading the virus.
For additional information regarding the flu go to the Government of Ontario website.