Where To Get A Flu Shot In Ottawa

What is the flu (influenza)

The flu – also known as “influenza” – is usually a seasonal illness (and annual epidemic) is caused by the influenza virus.

In Ottawa,  the flu season typically occurs during the fall and winter months. It is recommended that everyone ages six months and older get their flu vaccine every year. Discuss with your doctor for details on who should not receive the flu vaccine.

The Flu vs. Cold: What Is The Difference?

What do these symptoms mean?

Cold Symptoms

Flu Symptoms

Both the cold and the flu can have similar symptoms. However, symptoms like fever, body aches, fatigue, and coughing tend to be more intense with the flu compared with the cold. In addition, people with colds are more likely to have more head and nose symptoms.  While you are sick, limit your contact with others and discuss your symptoms with your doctor to see if you should get tested for the flu, or COVID-19.

Did you know younger children may not exhibit the same flu symptoms as adults?

Ask your pediatrician about what signs to look out for.

Flu Prevention

The flu vaccines are made to help protect against the following four strings of influenza virus:

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About Vaccinations

Most people in Ottawa will recover from the flu within 1 to 10 days, however some are at greater risk of severe complications, such as pneumonia.

Flu Frequently Asked Questions

Should I Wait to Get the Flu Vaccine So I Am Protected Longer?

No. Flu vaccines are designed to be effective all season long. it takes approximately two weeks for the antibodies to develop and these prevent against the flu. So it’s a good idea to get your flu vaccine sooner than later.

I waited too late to get mine. Should I just wait until next year? I won't need the vaccine during the spring and summer months.

It’s never too late to get the flu vaccine. If you delayed receiving your flu shot this year then check with your local clinic – there is still time!

Is it safe to get a flu shot at a retail store or pharmacy instead of my physician's office?

Yes, influenza vaccines are now widely available at pharmacies, workplace flu clinics, long term care facilities, and many more places.  You should get vaccinated at the place that is most convenient for you.

Where can I get my flu vaccine?

6 months old to 
4 years old

5 years old to 
64 years old

65 years and older

  • Health Care Providers
  • Ottawa Public Health Community Clinics
  • Health Care Providers
  • Ottawa Public Health Community Clinics
  • Participating Pharmacies
  • Health Care Providers
  • Ottawa Public Health Community Clinics
  • Participating Pharmacies

Flu Myths and Facts

You can spread the flu even if you don't have symptoms
True: People can spread the flu even before they display symptoms themselves. This is why practicing good hygiene all year round is important. Washing your hands often, and covering your mouth when coughing or sneezing.
You need a flu shot every year
True: The virus changes from year to year, so do the vaccines. In order to keep pace with the ever changing virus you need to be vaccinated every year.
The flue shot can give me the flu
False: It's a common myth that we can get the flu just from taking the flu shot. The flu vaccines are made with dead viruses, or no viruses at all. There are no active viruses, meaning you cannot get the flu from the vaccine itself.
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Ivonne Sanchez Beauty is not a provider of flu vaccinations. For a list of Health Care Providers, Participating Health Community Clinics, or Participating Pharmacies, please consult with your physicians office.

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