The Regional Municipality of Durham

News Release

Don't get caught without your flu shot

WHITBY, ON October 12, 2017 – Flu season is here and Durham Region Health Department is reminding area residents to protect themselves by getting their flu shots.

“The flu shot is your best protection against the flu,” said Jaime Sparks, a public health nurse with the Health Department. “The flu shot can help to protect you from the influenza virus which can cause serious and contagious respiratory illness.” The flu shot is recommended for everyone six-months of age and older.

Individuals who get sick with the flu can experience serious complications including pneumonia, dehydration, ear infections and, in rare cases, death. Research shows that the flu is responsible for approximately 12,200 hospitalizations and 3,500 deaths in Canada each year.

“It’s important to remember that the flu is different from the common cold,” explained Ms. Sparks. “When people get sick with the flu, it can be very severe especially for children, older adults, people with chronic health conditions and pregnant women. The flu vaccine can help prevent the spread of the flu, so by getting the flu shot each year you’re not only protecting yourself, you’re also protecting those around you, including our community’s most vulnerable population.”

The flu vaccine is offered through local health care providers, such as family doctors and walk-in clinics. Pharmacies are also able to offer the vaccine to residents over the age of five. This year, it is expected that there will be more than 300 locations offering the flu vaccine in Durham Region.

To find out where you can get your flu shot in the Region, visit Residents who are under the age of five, who have no OHIP coverage, or no access to a health care provider, are encouraged to call Durham Health Connection Line at 905-666-6241 or 1-800-841-2729.

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Media inquiries:

The Regional Municipality of Durham:
Glendene Collins - Health Department, 905-668-7711 ext. 2999, or

If this information is required in an accessible format, please call 1-800-841-2729 ext. 3094

For more information, please contact Health Department.