Chair's Corner - Halton Region, Ontario

Protecting yourself during flu season

We now have many choices for where residents can get their flu shot. The Halton Region Health Department, local pharmacies and physicians are working together to offer residents convenient access to flu immunization. This year, you can protect yourself, your family and your colleagues from the flu by getting immunized at a:

  1. Local pharmacy – More than 100 pharmacies across Halton are providing flu shots to people older than five. Find one close to you by using Ontario’s Flu Clinic Locator.
  2. Family doctor – No matter what your age, you can visit your family doctor and some walk-in clinics to receive the flu shot. If you need a family doctor, go online or call 311 to find a list of Halton doctors that are accepting new patients.
  3. Halton Region Family Flu Clinic – If your family has a child under five years of age, you can book an appointment at Halton Region’s Family Flu Clinic either online or by calling 311.

In addition to getting immunized, it’s also important to take everyday precautions by washing your hands with soap often, using an alcohol-based sanitizer (if soap and water are not available) and avoiding touching your eyes, nose and mouth. If you are sick, stay home from work or school to prevent the flu from spreading to others and talk to your doctor if your illness worsens or doesn’t begin to get better after a few days.

For more information on the flu or to find a location near you that offers the flu shot, visit halton.ca/flu or call 311.

As always, if you have any Regional concerns or comments you would like to share, please feel free to email me at gary.carr@halton.ca. You can also find me on Twitter @garycarrhalton, LinkedIn or Facebook. To receive further updates on Regional issues, please subscribe to my quarterly e-newsletter, “The Carr Report”.