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Get vaccinated for the flu

Fall is here and in anticipation of the upcoming flu season, Hamilton Public Health Services is encouraging families to join them to take action to prevent and manage flu in our community. As we continue to live with COVID-19, the goal of HPS is to protect the health of our children and reduce symptom confusion by minimizing the spread of flu.

It is more important than ever to reduce the spread of flu.

Flu vaccination is the single best way to help prevent your child from getting and spreading the flu. Children are more vulnerable to complications and hospitalization from the flu because their immune systems are still developing, and their airways are small and more easily blocked. The Public Health Agency of Canada recommends the flu shot for anyone 6 months of age and older.

Parents, caregivers, and those who work closely with children are encouraged to get their own flu shot to help protect the children they interact with.

Public Health recommends getting the flu shot early because it takes two weeks to take effect. The flu shot will be widely available in Hamilton in mid-October.

Where to get the flu vaccine

This year getting your flu shot may look differently. Primary care providers and pharmacists will have flu shot space set-up to ensure physical distancing requirements are met. Some providers may offer drive-through or walk-through clinics as well. There may be a requirement to pre-book your shot. To find out more about flu shot options in the City of Hamilton, visit

Get vaccinated for the flu