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  • October 31, 2012

McGuinty Government Keeping Oak Ridges –Markham Healthy

Ontario is making it easier than ever for residents of Oak Ridges –Markham to get their free flu shot close to home – through family doctors, nurse-led flu immunization clinics and now at participating pharmacies. 

Starting this week, specially trained pharmacists can give the flu shot to Ontarians, age five and over. You can find health care providers offering the flu shot in York Region at

The flu vaccine is safe and effective, and getting it early helps you and people around you stay healthy. The flu can lead to serious health problems, and those most at risk are the elderly, young children, pregnant women and people with weakened immune systems. The sooner you get your flu shot, the sooner you’re protected – and the more likely we are to reduce illness, hospitalization and deaths from flu in the community.

Preventing illness through immunization helps to keep Ontario healthy and is part of Ontario’s Action Plan for Health Care.


“Catching the flu can be very serious particularly for the most vulnerable members of our community. Getting your flu shot helps protect you and your family. It is important to get the flu shot early – to keep yourself healthy and help protect those around you.” —Dr. Helena Jaczek, MPP for Oak Ridges –Markham


  • The flu shot is offered free of charge to everyone six months of age and older who lives, works or attends school in Ontario.
  • People with the flu may be contagious even before symptoms appear and up to seven days after becoming sick.
  • It is impossible to get the flu from the flu shot.



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