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:
- those who are at a higher risk for complications
- 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)