HEALTH. Starting this week, the Ontario government announced that the flu vaccine will be available at doctor's offices, local public health units and community immunization clinics.
Anyone five years of age and older can also be vaccinated for free by a trained pharmacist at a variety of pharmacies in the east end. Kids under five years of age must get the vaccine at a health care provider's office or participating public health unit.
The government noted in a press release that it is important to get the flu shot every year "and that children under five, pregnant woman and seniors are especially at risk of getting seriously ill from the flu."
Other ways to protect yourself from the flu include: clean your hands often with soap and water or use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer, cough and sneeze into a tissue or sleeve, clean and disinfect surfaces often, such as countertops, telephones and keyboards.
So where can you get the shot in Orléans? Shoppers Drug Marts across the east end will be offering the vaccine, as well as Rexall Pharma Plus at 1615 Orleans Blvd., Loblaw Pharmacies (Innes Rd. and Orleans Blvd.), Wal-Mart Pharmacy at 3900 Innes Rd., and Pharmacie Jean Coutu Pharmacy at 2701 St. Joseph Blvd.