Since many people are vulnerable to the serious risks of the flu, officials say anyone can help reduce the spread by getting vaccinated.
In a statement, Hastings Prince Edward Public Health emphasizes that it is safe to get the flu shot at the same time or any time before or after the COVID-19 vaccine.
They point out that the flu can be a serious illness and can lead to pneumonia or organ failure.
Hastings Prince Edward Public Health Statement:
Getting the flu shot is especially important this year, to reduce your risk of illness during the COVID-19 pandemic. Since many people are vulnerable to the serious risks of the flu, anyone can help reduce the spread by getting the vaccine. Your choice to get vaccinated will also help ensure that essential health care resources are available to those who need them most. It’s safe to get the flu shot at the same time as, or any time before or after the COVID-19 vaccine, so don’t delay – protect yourself with these important vaccines today!
The flu is not caused by the viruses that cause COVID-19 or a cold. It can be a serious illness that causes some people to stay in bed for a week or more. It can also lead to complications such as pneumonia or organ failure. People vaccinated are less likely to have serious complications and end up in hospital, which will help ensure that health care resources are available to those who need them most.
This year, residents are encouraged to get the flu shot as soon as possible from their health care provider or pharmacy. As public health resources continue to be redeployed towards the COVID-19 pandemic, HPEPH is unable to offer community flu clinics to the general public this year. However, the flu shot is still the best way to protect yourself and your loved ones from serious illnesses and complications. Getting the flu shot early is the best way to protect yourself from the flu, as it can take up to two weeks to develop immunity. The vaccine is available for people over 2 years of age at local pharmacies, and anyone over 6 months of age can get the flu shot from their health care provider. HPEPH is considering the possibility of offering small influenza vaccination clinics to populations that cannot receive the vaccine by these means, but such clinics are dependent on the deployment of COVID-19 vaccination and local case rates, as Resources continue to be required for COVID-19 Case and Contact Management.
“You’ve received your COVID-19 vaccine – now is the time to protect yourself and those you love from the flu,” says Dr. Ethan Toumishey, Acting Medical Officer of Health at HPEPH. “The COVID-19 vaccine has shown us how important and effective vaccines can be in reducing the severity of illness. While the COVID-19 vaccine will lower your risk of complications from COVID-19, it will not protect you from the flu. “
To reduce the spread of disease in the community, all residents should continue to take public health precautions. The same measures that help control the spread of COVID-19 will help reduce the spread of seasonal flu. If you have flu symptoms, stay home and follow the COVID-19 testing advice. Even if you are vaccinated against both the flu and COVID-19, you can still get a mild case of these illnesses and pass them on to others. The same public health precautions that prevent the spread of COVID-19 will prevent the spread of the flu.
- Stay home when you are sick
- Get tested for COVID-19 (if advised by screening)
- Wash your hands often
- Cover your coughs and sneezes
- Clean frequently touched surfaces often
- To get vaccinated.
For more information, visit https://www.ontario.ca/page/flu-facts