Flu Vaccines Available
Dear HealthCare 365 Community,
The 2019-2020 Influenza (Flu) season has arrived. We, along with NACI (National Advisory Committee on Immunization) are recommending the Influenza vaccine to reduce your risk of getting and spreading the flu.
Thank you to everyone who has already been vaccinated for being proactive in your health and helping our community as a whole! Please use this email as a reminder to help spread the word about the importance of getting vaccinated.
Drop in Flu Vaccines Days at HealthCare 365 (no appointment required):
Tuesday, October 22nd from 9am - 12pm
Wednesday, October 23rd from 1pm - 3pm
Thursday, October 24th from 1pm - 3pm
To receive your flu vaccine at a different time, please email Rhonda (firstname.lastname@example.org) to book an appointment. You can also receive your flu vaccine while you are in the clinic for another appointment in the next couple of months.
If you receive your flu vaccine at a pharmacy or other location, please let your Care Co-ordinator Michelle (email@example.com) or Tanya (firstname.lastname@example.org) know so that they can update your immunization record.
Why vaccinate against Influenza?
Influenza is a viral illness that affects up to 10-20% of the population in the Fall and Winter months. Symptoms typically include the sudden onset of headache, chills, cough, fever, loss of appetite, muscle aches and fatigue, runny nose, sneezing, watery eyes and throat irritation. Nausea, vomiting and diarrhea may also occur, especially in children. Uncomplicated influenza infection causes symptoms of varying intensity lasting up to 10 days.
The vaccine reduces the chance of becoming ill with influenza, and reduces the risk of complications and hospitalization. Vaccinating also decreases the amount of influenza virus circulating in the community.
Rates of influenza infection are highest in children aged 5–9 years, but rates of serious illness and even death are highest in children aged under 2 years old, people over 65 years old, and persons with underlying medical conditions.
Who should be vaccinated?
All individuals 6 months of age or older (unless contraindicated).
It is very important for the following HIGH RISK groups of individuals and their close contacts to be vaccinated:
• Individuals with chronic disease conditions (heart, kidney, respiratory, diabetes, etc.)
• Individuals with weakened immune systems
• All pregnant women at any stage of pregnancy
• Parents/caregivers of infants younger than 6 months
• Young children age 6 months to 5 years
• Anyone aged 65 years and older
This year there are 2 different flu vaccines. Both vaccines are covered by OHIP.
Quadrivalent Flu Vaccine (6 months - 65 years old)
This vaccine protects against 4 strains of influenza. It is available at doctor's offices and pharmacies.
Fluzone High Dose Vaccine (65+ years old)
This vaccine protects against 3 strains of influenza. This is a higher dose flu vaccine indicated only for people 65 and older as it has been demonstrated to be more effective in this population. It is available a doctor's offices and Long-Term Care Facilities (including retirement homes).
Have a great day and help protect everyone during Flu season!
The HealthCare 365 Team