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It's Flu Season in Canada Here's a Guide to Being Prepared

October 30, 2018

It's that time of year! In Canada the flu season can last from October through to late May, with 10%-20% of Canadians contracting the flu a year. That's nearly 3.3 - 6.3 million Canadians.


As part of our philosophy of continuous community care, Priority is committed to providing Eastern Ontario residents with the latest information on how to prevent the flu for you and your family. Often, our patients are some of the most at risk for contracting the flu, so understanding symptoms and how the flu is spread is an integral part of maintaining our community's public health.


Who can get the flu?

The simple answer: anyone can get the flu.

The important thing to remember is some key preventative measures that you can undertake on a daily basis. The following is a visual guide to flu prevention that has been provided by the Government of Ontario:




The best way to prevent the flu is for you and your family to get the flu shot. A common misconception is that the shot can make you sick, when in fact the opposite is true. The flu shot helps your body build up the defenses necessary to protect you against getting sick.


Where can I get the flu shot? 

The Government of Ontario has provided an online resource to help you find the location closest and most convenient to you:

Where to get the flu shot in Ontario


Google has also provided an indicator of the prevalence of the flu virus for Ontario and Canada: Google Flu Trends


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