Health Minister Kicks Off Flu Shot Season
The province has kicked off its flu shot campaign, with the health minister rolling up her sleeve to get one of her own at a downtown Toronto pharmacy. They're now able to give you the vaccine.
As she received a flu shot of her own in front of a prescription pick-up counter, Health Minister Deb Matthews says they are allowing pharmacists to administer it to increase the number of people in the province who get it. Matthews says only one third of people get their flu shot each year.
Only around 600 pharmacies out of the over 3,000 in the province can give the shot this season. All of them are expected to be equipped to give the shot next year.
Ontario's Chief Medical Officer of Health Dr. Arlene King says it's a start to increase the range of options for people.
King reminds those under five years old, those over 65, pregnant women and those with pre-existing health conditions are at higher risk of complications from the flu.
The province recommends to either call your pharmacy or check online to see if they are one of the ones giving the shots.