Have you had your flu shot yet?

Keep flu at bay with a flu shot – no appointment required! Having a flu shot (flu vaccination) can help you and your family keep healthy this winter and beyond. You don’t even have to go to your physician or GP; our pharmacists can give you this important immunization at our three pharmacies in Simcoe, anytime during opening hours, subject to vaccine supplies.

Who should have a seasonal flu shot?

A flu shot (or a flu jab) is recommended for anyone who want protection from influenza (the flu). If you have certain medical conditions which reduce your ability to fight off the flu virus, or have a high risk job, you should definitely get a season flu shot. Children(1) and seniors are at greater risk, and should also receive the flu shot.

Need a flu shot? Call any of our three local Simcoe pharmacies to check vaccine availability, or to make an appointment if you wish.

Is flu a serious illness?

It can be very serious, especially for those in poor health or particular jobs (see below). For the rest of us, flu can be a debilitating and unpleasant illness with up to six weeks recovery time. A bad case of influenza may lead to more severe and potentially life-threatening conditions, such as pneumonia.

Can I catch the flu from the vaccine?

No. All vaccines contain dead virus, so you cannot get the flu from your jab. It takes around 2 weeks for your body to become fully immunized, so it’s best to keep away from those with flu during this time.

High risk flu groups

You are at more risk from influenza if:

You suffer from:

  • diabetes
  • cancer
  • kidney disease
  • blood disorders
  • chronic heart or lung disease
  • any condition resulting in a weak immune system

Your job involves prolonged contact with other people, such as:

  • nurses and healthcare workers
  • retirement home workers
  • emergency service workers including fire, police and ambulance
  • anyone on long-term treatment with acetylsalicylic acid (ASA)
  • members of your family or people who live with you

Drop into any Clarks Pharmacy here in Simcoe for your flu shot for the 2017-2018 season. No appointment is required, and the flu shot is free if you qualify within a provincial health care plan.

Can everyone have a flu shot?

For medical reasons, some people are advised not to get a flu shot. If in doubt, consult your physician, or refer to the latest Government guidelines here: https://www.canada.ca/en/public-health/services/publications/healthy-living/canadian-immunization-guide-statement-seasonal-influenza-vaccine-2017-2018.html

Do I need a flu shot every year?

Yes you do! Flu viruses change constantly, so last year’s vaccination will not protect you from this year’s flu strains. The flu season generally runs from October to April, and the flu shot will be available right until the end of the season.

Does a flu shot have side effects?

Most people are absolutely fine with a flu jab, but a few might have a reaction to the vaccine. That’s why we recommend you allow at least 15 minutes to remain inside our pharmacies after your job, just in case. If you have any reactions, including dizziness or shortness of breath, tell our pharmacists, who will know how to help you.

All vaccines used in Canada will potentially contain trace amounts of egg protein, but those who are allergic to egg can be vaccinated. If in any doubt, talk to our pharmacist who can advise you.

(1) Please note: by Ontario province legislation, our pharmacists may provide the flu shot vaccination to children aged 5 years old and over.