Flu Clinics 2020

Flu Clinics Update: Demand for our flu shot appointments continues to be very high. Appointments are fully booked at some of our sites. More appointment times are being added based on staff availability. Please continue to check the online booking system for availability.

Flu season generally runs from October to April each year. The flu shot is recommended for everyone 6 months and older. Immunization against the flu will be important this fall with COVID-19 also circulating in our communities. The flu shot helps to protect individual, family and community health and prevents increases in flu-related hospital visits. Please visit our Flu Shot FAQs page for more information.

Please Note:

  • Public Health cannot guarantee requests for high-dose flu vaccine for seniors. However, it will be available through pharmacies this year.
  • FluMist is not publicly funded in Canada this year and is not available at Public Health. FluMist may be available to purchase at some pharmacies.

Where can I get a flu shot?

Ages 6 months up to 5 years old

  • Family doctor or primary care provider
  • Public Health

Please note: Pharmacies are unable to administer flu shots to children under 5.

Ages 5 - 64 years

  • Pharmacy
  • Family doctor or primary care provider
  • Public Health

65 and older

  • Pharmacy (This year, pharmacies will be offering the high-dose flu vaccine for seniors.)
  • Family doctor or primary care provider
  • Public Health

How to book a flu shot appointment at Public Health

  1. Book an appointment through our NEW online booking system (for Guelph, Fergus, Orangeville). For Mount Forest, details are at the bottom of the page and you can book online here (it is a separate booking link).
    • Note: Walk-ins will not be accepted and we will not have drop-in flu clinic days this year. You must book an appointment.
  2. Follow the instructions in the online booking process. You can book an appointment for up to 6 family members.​
    • If possible, we are asking families with more than one young child to attend with 2 adults (i.e., one parent attends the appointment with one child at a time). This will help limit the number of people in the building at one time.
  3. Before your appointment, please complete the FLU CONSENT FORM (one for each family member).
    • Example: If you booked an appointment for 4 family members, then you will need to complete the consent form 4 times, once for each family member. ​

COVID-19 safety information for flu shot appointments

Due to COVID-19 and additional safety measures, please review the following instructions before your appointment:

  • Please bring your own face covering. A face covering will be provided if you do not have one.
  • Please arrive 15 minutes early for your appointment.
  • When you have arrived in the parking lot, please notify us by calling reception at 1-800-265-7293 or 519-822-2715 extension 0. If your call is not answered, please try calling back in a few minutes. Please do not enter the building.
  • Public Health will confirm your arrival over the phone and ask for a call-back number.
  • Stay in your car or the parking lot until Public Health staff call you back. The call-back will be from a private number.
  • A Public Health Nurse will complete a COVID-19 screening assessment with you, ask you to verify consent, provide you with the opportunity to ask questions and inform you that you must remain in the building for 15 minutes post-immunization. Physical distancing will be ensured inside the building.
  • The Public Health Nurse will let you know when you and/or your family members can enter the building and which nurse to ask for. You will be asked to have your upper arm visible.
  • Once you are instructed to come inside, you will require a face covering and will be greeted by Public Health staff. Public Health staff will be wearing masks and face shields.
  • You will then be taken to the clinical area for your immunization. Clinic rooms will be cleaned and disinfected after each immunization appointment.
  • After the appointment, please inform your doctor or primary care provider that you have received your flu immunization at Public Health.

IMPORTANT

  • If you arrive more than 15 minutes late or miss your appointment, you will not be seen, and a new appointment time will need to be booked.
  • Leave all unnecessary items in your car.
  • Do not come to Public Health if you feel unwell. Please call 1-800-265-7293 or 519-822-2715 to re-schedule your appointment.
  • If you have arrived with other family members, please be prepared to follow instructions from Public Health staff about how many individuals can enter at one time.

Other opportunities to get a flu shot

Workplace flu shot clinics

Public Health does not offer flu shot clinics for workplaces. Please contact private nursing agencies or pharmacies to inquire about this service.

Community flu clinics

Mount Forest Sports Complex (850 Princess Street) - Saturday, October 24, November 7 and 14

  • Appointments available from 9:00 am to 12:25 pm and from 1:15 pm to 3:25 pm each day.
  • Booked appointments only. Please book an appointment for each person in your group. Book online or by calling 519-323-0255 extension 5082.
  • Please bring your health card (if you have one) and the name of your family doctor or nurse practitioner.
  • You will need to stay at the clinic for 15 minutes after you get your flu shot.
  • Face coverings and social distancing will be in effect.