Renfrew County and District Health Unit is currently partnering with our health care providers to offer flu clinics throughout our county.
Book your flu vaccination appointment here: COVID-19 & Influenza Vaccine Bookings.
If you have further questions regarding the flu shot, you can call RCDHU’s immunization line at 613-732-3629 ext. 509 or 1-800-267-1097, ext. 509.
For the 2021/2022 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.
Starting in November, anyone 6 months of age and up who lives, works or goes to school in Ontario will be eligible for a flu shot free of cost.
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 protects against four 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)
- 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
Flu Vaccine Clinics – Dates, Times and Locations
Flu shots are still available at local pharmacies, doctors offices and at RCDHU clinics by appointment. If you would like to book an appointment at one of our clinics, please call 613-732-3629 ext 509.
December 4, 2021, Renfrew County and District Health Unit, 141 Lake St, Pembroke, ON
10:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m. – By Appointment – click here to book an appointment or contact RCDHU at 613-732-3629 or 1-800-267-1097, ext. 201
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 2021/2022 Influenza Season Fact Sheet
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