Flu season is fast approaching! We want to remind you that the flu can be a severe and even fatal condition. It is even more critical to get the flu shot this year because of the pandemic. Reduce the risk of getting the flu to not mistaken its symptoms for COVID-19. The flu vaccine is safe for most people and is especially recommended for seniors and individuals with chronic medical conditions such as diabetes, lung disease and heart disease. Due to the ongoing pandemic, we have modified our usual flu-shot practice to ensure adequate physical distancing and provide extra cleaning and disinfection between patient visits. We will not have a drop-in flu clinic this year, and all patients will be required to make an appointment in one of two ways:
- Online booking: visit https://carefirstontario.ca/book-online-flu-shot/, where you can make a flu-shot appointment at either the Scarborough or Richmond Hill location. Upon arrival, you will have an option to get vaccinated inside the building/ clinic or in the parking lot while remaining in your vehicle. We recommend that anyone who is getting the flu shot for the first time do so in the clinic for safety reasons. Please print and complete the consent form on the website before your visit and bring it to your appointment to reduce contact and wait time.
- Phone booking: for those who do not have access to the internet, you can call our front desk to make an appointment with your physician. However, be aware that there may be limited availability for this option, so we encourage everyone to book online if possible.
Safety is everyone’s responsibility! We will be calling pre-booked patients to screen for COVID-19 symptoms the day before the appointment, but please do your part and only come for the flu shot if you are feeling well.
We highly encourage you to get the flu shot this year at a location convenient to you, even if it is not with us. Note that the high-dose flu shot for seniors will be available at pharmacies. If you end up getting the flu shot at another location this season, please call our clinic to inform us to keep your medical records up to date.