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.
Where can I get a flu shot?
Ages 6 months and older
- Family doctor or primary care provider
- Public Health
- Pharmacy (2 years of age and older)
- Pharmacies will now carry the high-dose flu vaccine for seniors along with Public Health and your family doctor or primary care provider.
When can I get a flu shot?
If you are considered a high risk individual for the flu, you can get your vaccine now by contacting your primary care provider, local pharmacy or booking an appointment with Public Health.
High risk groups
- Individuals at high risk of influenza-related complications or who are more likely to require hospitalization:
- All pregnant women
- People who are residents of nursing homes or other chronic care facilities
- People ≥ 65 years of age
- All children 6 months to 4 years of age
- Indigenous peoples
- Adults or children 6 months of age and over with chronic health conditions as follows:
- Cardiac or pulmonary disorders
- Diabetes mellitus or other metabolic disease
- Conditions or medication which compromise the immune system (due to underlying disease, therapy or both)
- Renal disease
- Anemia or hemoglobinopathy
- Neurologic or neurodevelopment conditions
- Morbid obesity (body mass index of ≥ 40)
- Children and adolescents (6 months to 18 years) undergoing treatment with acetylsalicylic acid for long periods
- Individuals capable of transmitting influenza to those listed in #1 and/or to infants under 6 months of age:
- Health care workers and other care providers in facilities and community settings
- Household contacts (adults and children) of individuals at high risk of influenza related complications
- Persons who provide care to children ≤ 4 years of age
- Members of a household expecting a newborn during the influenza season
- Those who provide services within a closed or relatively closed setting to persons at high risk (e.g., crew on a ship)
- People who provide essential community services
- Poultry industry workers
How to book a flu shot appointment at Public Health
Public Health’s flu shot clinics begin the week of October 18, 2021. Individuals who are high risk can book an appointment online now. When booking an appointment online, please choose the Flu Vaccine as your appointment type. Please note that only the following locations are hosting flu clinics (there are no flu vaccine appointments available at the other locations):
- Guelph - Chancellors Way
- Guelph - Stone Road Mall
- Fergus Sportsplex
- Orangeville - Alder Site
If you have troubles booking an appointment or need to cancel call 1-800-265-7293.
If there are no dates available, you can also get your flu shot from your family doctor or primary care provider or a pharmacy. Please contact them directly to find out about availability.