OPH now taking appointments for flu shots at community clinics

Henrietta Brewer
October 24, 2020

Children age six months to five years must be immunized at a public health clinic, or by a physician or nurse practitioner.

Toronto Public Health's flu shot clinics launch Thursday.

Leading by example, Mayor John Tory, the City's Medical Officer of Health, Doctor Eileen de Villa, and Board of Health Chair Joe Cressy, are all rolling up their sleeves to get their flu shot on Thursday morning.

The department says stringent public health measures will be in place at the clinics to ensure the protection of both those receiving their flu shots and health-care staff. Due to the higher demand for flu vaccine this year, more TPH flu vaccine clinics will be offered starting this week until the end of December. They are the number one way to reduce your risk of getting the flu.

Those schedules were set before COVID-19 was declared a pandemic.

All Toronto residents who wish to get the flu vaccine will also be able to get vaccinated at doctors' offices or participating pharmacies.

The pop-up clinics are designed for those who don't have insurance or those who can't get the vaccine from their health care provider or pharmacy. There were two flu shot clinics in Santa Barbara, two in Lompoc and two in Santa Maria, along with smaller events aimed at protecting the county's elderly population.

"If there was ever a year where we encourage individuals to get influenza vaccination, this is the year", said Brazos County Health Authority Dr. Seth Sullivan. "Like the coronavirus, the flu virus seeks the opportunity to spread but it needs us to do it so let's not make that easy".

"The symptoms of COVID-19 and the flu are very similar and while there is still no vaccine for COVID-19, we could see a "twindemic" this year", Jason Morris, a physician at Dignity Health's Urgent Care in Solvang, said in a news release.

"I really think most people, in fact everyone should get the flu shot". Keeping flu patients out of the hospital frees up beds and resources for those fighting COVID-19. Despite this, nearly one-half of all Americans do not get a flu shot each year.

Other reports by iNewsToday