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Protect yourself and your loved ones from the seasonal flu

November 2, 2011 – The flu vaccine is safe, free and the most effective way to protect yourself and your loved ones from the flu. Getting the flu shot is an easy way to avoid missing school or work, or passing on the flu to those around you.

Ottawa Public Health also reminds Ottawa residents of these key steps to avoid the flu:

  • Wash your hands with soap and water, or use hand sanitizer
  • Cover your coughs and sneezes with your arm, not your hand
  • Stay at home if you are sick

Vaccine strains

This year’s Canadian flu vaccine will cover the same three strains as last year: the 2009 H1N1 strain, an influenza A known as H3N2 and an influenza B component.

Where can I get the vaccine?

Residents can get the vaccine from their family doctor, health care practitioner, at a workplace immunization clinic or at one of the Ottawa Public Health Immunization clinics.