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2020/2021 Flu Campaign

Renfrew County and District Health Unit is currently partnering with our health care providers to offer flu clinics throughout our county.  For more information on where a flu shot is available in your community visit myflushot.ca.

If you have further questions regarding the flu shot, you can call RCDHU’s immunization line at 613-732-3629 or 1-800-267-1097, ext. 509.

For the 2020/2021 flu campaign, the Ministry of Health is releasing flu vaccine in stages across the province and released flu vaccine to priority groups first; long-term care homes, hospitals and primary care.

What is the flu?

The flu (influenza) is a contagious virus that can spread to anyone. However, there are several things you can do to avoid catching it, or spreading it to others.

If you think that you might have the flu you should stay home and self-isolate.  If you think you have COVID-19, contact your family doctor. If you do not have a family doctor, contact the Renfrew County Virtual Triage Assessment Centre (RC VTAC) at 1-844-727-6404 to book an appointment.

Who should get the flu vaccine?

Everyone 6 months of age and older should get the flu vaccine every year, unless there is a medical reason not to.

If you’re 65 years of age or older, there are two different flu shots available – standard dose and high-dose. The standard-dose vaccine protects against four strains of flu virus. The high-dose vaccine, (also called “Fluzone® HighDose”) protects against three strains of flu virus, but in higher doses. Seniors can choose which dose they prefer.

Why should I get the flu vaccine?

This year’s flu season is taking place at the same time as COVID-19. Getting a flu shot is the best way to protect yourself and the people around you from getting the flu. Don’t take any unnecessary risks with your health.

The flu shot is:

  • safe (including for kids and if you are pregnant or breastfeeding)
  • free
  • proven to reduce the number of doctor visits, hospitalizations and deaths related to the flu
  • different each year because the virus changes frequently – so you need to get it every fall.

Who is at high-risk?

Some people are more vulnerable to complications and hospitalization from the flu:

  • babies under 6 months of age are too young to get the flu shot, but they’ll get some protection if their parent got the flu shot while they were pregnant;
  • children under 5 years of age, because their immune systems are developing, and their airways are small and more easily blocked;
  • people 65 years of age or older, because their immune systems are weaker, and they are more likely to have an underlying condition that increases their risk;
  • people who are pregnant, because their immune system, heart and lungs change – especially later in pregnancy – making them more likely to get seriously ill from the flu.
  • people with underlying health conditions, such as asthma, heart disease or diabetes

Arnprior:

Shoppers Drug Mart – 55 Elgin Street West, Arnprior, ON K7S 1N6

Rexall Pharma Plus – 22 Baskin Drive, Arnprior, ON K7S 3G8

Excellent Care Pharmacy – 386 Daniel St S, Arnprior, ON K7S 3G9

Clancy’s Drug Store – 99 John Street North, Arnprior, ON K7S 2N4

Beachburg:

Beach-West Pharmacy – 1858 Beachburg Road, Beachburg, ON K0J 1C0

Calabogie:

Calabogie Pharmacy –  1101 Francis St, Calabogie, ON K0J 1H0

Cobden:

Conways Pharmacy – 60 Main Street, Cobden, ON K0J 1K0

Deep River:

Rx Drug Mart – 11 Champlain St, Deep River, ON K0J 1P0

Cahoon’s Pharmacy – 95 Deep River Road, Deep River, ON K0J 1P0

Deep River’s Pharmacy and UK Goodies – 25 Champlain St, Deep River, ON K0J 1P0

Eganville:

Conways Pharmacy – 251 Bridge Street, Eganville, ON K0J 1T0

Golden Lake:

Golden Lake Pharmsave – 1188 Highway 60, Golden Lake, ON K0J 1X0

Pembroke:

Mulvihill (West End) Drug Mart – 1231 Pembroke Street West, Pembroke, ON K8A 5R3

Rexall Pharma Plus – 215 Pembroke Street East, Pembroke, ON K8A 3J8

Rexall Pharma Plus – 1100 Pembroke Street East, Pembroke, ON K8A 6Y7

Wal-Mart Pharmacy – 1108 Pembroke Street East, Pembroke, ON K8A 7R4

Pharmasave Rowan’s – 115 Pembroke Street West, Pembroke, ON K8A 5M7

Shoppers Drug Mart – 811 Pembroke Street East, Pembroke, ON K8A 3M3

Petawawa:

Mulvihill Drug Mart – 3419 Petawawa Blvd. Petawawa, ON K8H 1X4

Mulvihill Drug Mart – 154 Civic Centre Rd, Petawawa, ON K8H 3H5

Conway’s Pharmacy Petawawa – 3025 Petawawa Blvd. Petawawa, ON K8H 1X9

Rexall – 1011 Victoria Street, Petawawa, ON K8H 2E2

Shoppers Drug Mart – 25 Civic Centre Road, Petawawa, ON K8H 0B1

Renfrew:

Wal-Mart Pharmacy – 980 O’Brien Road, Renfrew, ON K7V 3Z4

Rexall – 339 Raglan Street South, Renfrew, ON K7V 1R6

Aikenhead’s PharmaChoice Drug Store – 226 Raglan Street South, Renfrew, ON K7V 1R1

Wayland Pharmacy (No Frills) – 680 O’Brien Road, Renfrew, ON K7V 3Z4

Whitney:

Whitney Pharmacy – 29542 Highway 60 Whitney, ON K0J2M0

Provincial Links

Government of Ontario – The Flu/Flu facts 

Government of Ontario – Flu shot safety and effectiveness 

Government of Ontario – Flu vaccine for kids and during pregnancy

Government of Ontario – Get medical advice: Telehealth Ontario

Public Health Ontario – Influenza (flu) page

Public Health Ontario – Influenza Vaccines for the 2020–2021 Influenza Season Fact Sheet

Federal Links

Government of Canada – Flu (influenza): Symptoms and treatment

Government of Canada – Flu (influenza): Get your flu shot 

Government of Canada – Flu (influenza): Prevention and risks 

Immunize Canada – Learn about immunizations

Immunize Canada – Diseases & Vaccines

Below are fact sheets highlighting the important information you may need to know about the influenza vaccine.

Quadrivalent Vaccine

High-Dose Trivalent Vaccine

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Pembroke Office

TEL: 613-732-3629 or 1-800-267-1097

Renfrew Office

TEL: 613-432-5853 or 1-800-465-5000