We've sent all of our registered patients the following in an email, but just in case you're better at checking your Facebook or Twitter, please see below!
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We’re writing as it’s that time of year when the leaves have turned orange and red and fallen, the weather is brisk, and it’s time for your annual flu shot.
To learn more, Toronto Public Health does a great job of explaining the flu, the flu shot, and they even provide a number of fact sheets that summarize the relevant information in various languages.
Scheduling an Appointment
This year, Magenta Health is running a series of dedicated flu clinics outside regular clinic hours to help our patients get vaccinated. To schedule your appointment, please use the following link:
If these dates and times are not convenient for you, you may use the Ontario Flu Shot Locator to obtain a flu shot elsewhere. Toronto Public Health is also offering several flu shot clinics around the city.
In particular, most pharmacies (e.g. Rexall) now offer flu shots without an appointment. Do remember to bring your OHIP card though as we've had a few calls from patients asking for their OHIP number. Also note that children have to be 5 or older to receive flu shots at pharmacies.
Flu Shot vs. FluMist
Lastly, children between 2 and 17 are eligible to receive either a flu shot by injection or the nasal flu vaccine (i.e. FluMist). We continue to recommend the flu shot by injection; the nasal flu vaccine is primarily advantageous for children who wish to avoid an injection.
Please note, however, that the nasal flu vaccine is currently on backorder. Accordingly, if a nasal flu vaccine is desired for your child, please do not schedule your appointment yet; check back in a few days to see if we have updated this page.
An early happy holidays to all; remember to bundle up and stay healthy this holiday season!