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Who is at risk?

Tuesday, January 16, 2018

Who is most at risk for complications of the SEASONAL flu virus?  


The vaccine is available to everyone over the age of 6 months.

The province of Ontario has stocked enough flu vaccine for everyone and they recommend that everyone get protected with a flu shot.

However, there are some who are strongly recommended to get a flu shot. Click on the links below to learn more:

  1. those who are at a higher risk for complications
  2. anyone who cares for someone who is at higher risk for complications


Those who are at a higher risk of complications

  • People, of any age, with a chronic illness; heart disease, lung disease (e.g. asthma), liver disease or diabetes
  • People over the age of 65
  • People who live in nursing homes or other chronic care homes
  • Healthy children who are between 6 and 59 months (e.g. 5 years of age)
  • Healthy pregnant women (risk increases with length of pregnancy; higher risk in third vs second trimester)
  • Indigenous people



Anyone who cares for someone who is at higher risk for complications

  • Health care workers in hospitals and other care facilities
  • People who live with or take care of someone who is at high risk from complications (see the above list) 
  • People who live with or take care of a newborn under 6 months as these infants are too yountg to get the flu shot
  • People who live with someone expecting a newborn during flu season
  • People who give care to children less than 59 months (e.g. 5 years)




For all clinic schedules call the FLU LINE: 624-9082 -Toll free 1-866-607-3337 (October through December) .
For FLU information or questions call - 625 - 5900 - Toll free I-888-294-6630.