2013 Influenza Immunization Campaign launched city-wide
Starting Oct. 26 flu shots available in 22 community clinics
Deputy Mayor Steve Desroches, Board of Health Chair Councillor Diane Holmes, Dr. Isra Levy, Ottawa’s Medical Officer of Health and Amira Abdalla, President of the Ottawa-Carleton Pharmacists Association, gathered, last week, to announce the official start to the 2013 Influenza Immunization Campaign.
"Anyone can get the flu and getting the flu shot is the safest and most effective way to protect yourself and your loved ones from getting sick," said Deputy Mayor Desroches. "With more than 340 physicians’ offices and walk-in clinics and close to 140 pharmacies in Ottawa offering the vaccine this year, Ottawa residents now have increased opportunity to protect themselves and their loved ones from the flu."
This year, OPH is offering 22 community clinics throughout the city starting Oct. 26 through to Nov. 28, and residents can also visit public clinics taking place at six Ottawa hospitals. As pharmacists can only administer the flu vaccine to residents over the age of five, OPH will also be holding flu vaccine clinics by appointment only for children under five years of age and for their parents and siblings at the OPH Immunization Clinic located on the main floor at 100 Constellation Drive.
"With the vaccine available in more locations, getting the flu shot is now more convenient and accessible for all residents, including those who are at greater risk for complications from the flu including young children, the elderly and people with chronic conditions," said Councillor Holmes.
Dr. Levy said that in the last year alone, the flu and complications from the illness resulted in more than 3,600 hospitalizations in Ontario, including 120 in Ottawa. "Alongside good hand hygiene and cough etiquette, getting the flu shot is the best protection against becoming ill."
Residents can visit ottawa.ca/flu for a complete list of OPH clinics and participating pharmacies offering the flu vaccine or visit the Ontario flu locator to find the nearest location offering the flu vaccine.
Along with getting the flu shot and to keep you and your family healthy, it’s important to remember these three things:
your arm, not your hand