News Release headerInfluenza Expected to Arrive Soon. Flu Shots will be Available Across Perth County

Thursday, October 18th, 2018

Influenza is expected to arrive soon in Perth County and the Health Unit is encouraging residents to get their flu shots. Typically, influenza season in Canada runs from November to April. The flu shot is the best way people over six months of age can protect themselves and their families from getting sick with influenza.

Flu shots are currently available for high-risk individuals. Starting on Monday, October 22nd, 2018, everyone can get a flu shot at:

  • Family doctor’s offices – ages six months and over
  • Pharmacies across Perth County – five years of age and older
  • Drop-in community clinics at Spruce Lodge, 643 West Gore Street in Stratford – ages six months and over
    • Friday, October 26th from 10 am to 4 pm
    • Thursday, November 8th from 10 am to 4 pm
  • Clinics by appointment at the Perth District Health Unit in Stratford and Listowel – for children under five and their families:
    • Stratford, 653 West Gore Street
      • Thursday, October 25th from 3 to 8 pm
      • Thursday, November 1st from 4 to 8 pm
      • Thursday, November 8th from 4 to 8 pm
      • Tuesday, November 20th from 4 to 8 pm
    • Listowel, 135 Main Street East, Unit 103
      • Monday, October 29th from 3 to 7 pm
      • Tuesday, November 13th from 3 to 7 pm
    • Book an appointment online or call Health Line at 519-271-7600 or toll-free 1-877-271-7348 extension 267.

Vaccine Availability

Children who are ages two to 17 have the option of FluMist, a nasal spray of live influenza vaccine that protects against four strains of influenza. FluMist is available through your family doctor’s office, some pharmacies, and at the clinics at Spruce Lodge and the Perth District Health Unit. However, quantities are limited and based on vaccine availability.

People over age 65 have the option of the high-dose trivalent vaccine or the standard-dose quadrivalent vaccine. For information on these vaccines, visit the Ministry of Health and Long-Term Care or call Health Line to discuss your options with a Public Health Nurse.

Healthy Habits

To protect against the flu and help stop the spread of influenza in the community, the Health Unit advises all residents to take these precautions:

  • Wash hands with soap thoroughly and often
  • Cough or sneeze into your sleeve
  • Keep surfaces and items disinfected
  • Stay home if you are sick
  • Get a flu shot. 

For more information call Health Line at 519-271-7600 or toll-free at 1-877-271-7348 extension 267. Follow us on Facebook or Twitter.