Flu Vaccines Now Available to High-Risk Ontario Residents Ahead of Wider Rollout in November | The Canadian News

TORONTO – Health Minister Christine Elliott says most Ontarians can get their flu shots next month, but people at higher risk can get them now.

It announced Tuesday that the province has purchased 7.6 million doses of flu vaccines for $ 89 million.

Long-term care residents and hospital patients have been able to get them since last month, and Elliott says flu shots are now available to people at higher risk for complications.

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That includes older people, children older than six months and younger than five, pregnant women, and people with underlying health problems like asthma, heart disease, or diabetes.

Starting next month, everyone in Ontario can get a flu shot through doctor’s and nurse’s offices, pharmacies, and health units.

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The government says uptake of the flu vaccine last season was about 40 percent, and in previous seasons it has been about 30 percent.

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