Questions about the flu and the flu shot.

Anyone can catch the flu. At Winterberry we encourage you to protect yourself – and others – by booking a flu shot and also learning about the virus and recognizing the symptoms.

What is the flu?

The flu (influenza) is a contagious virus that anyone can get. But there are several things you can do to avoid catching it, or spreading it to others.

How can you tell if it’s the flu or COVID-19?

Some of the symptoms of COVID-19 are similar to the flu, and it may be hard to tell the difference between them based on symptoms alone.

If you think you have COVID-19, you can get tested. If you have symptoms, you should stay home and self-isolate for 14 days or until you get your results.

When should you get the flu shot?

Flu season typically runs from late fall to early spring.

Flu shots are now available for all Ontarians. You should get a flu shot as soon as possible because it takes two weeks to take effect.

The National Advisory Committee on Immunization (NACI) now recommends that COVID-19 vaccines may be given at the same time as the flu vaccine. 

Why is the flu shot your best defense?

This year’s flu season is taking place at the same time as COVID-19. Don’t take any unnecessary risks with your health. Get the flu shot as early in the season as possible.

The flu shot is recommended for everyone 6 months old and older. It is:

  • Safe (including for kids and if you are pregnant or breastfeeding)
  • Free
  • Available in many places including Winterberry Family Medicine
  • Proven to reduce the number of doctor visits, hospitalizations and deaths related to the flu
  • Different each year because the virus changes frequently – so you need to get it every fall

Ready to book your flu shot?

Your team at Winterberry is here to make it quick and easy.

Simply pick a convenient time and date using our online booking page.

Information for this article is based on information from Ontario.ca