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2019-2020 Flu Campaign

Get your free flu shot!​

Where to get a shot.

  • Hea​lth care providers: (especially if you are at high risk for complications of influenza)
  • Pharmacies: (available for anyone 5 years old and up)
  • Northwestern Health Unit: ​Call your local health unit office​ for an appointment.

A poster that describes the difference between stomach flu and the influenze

Influenza vaccine (flu shot)

It takes 2 weeks to develop full immunity to the flu and protection lasts up to one year. You cannot get the flu from the vaccine, it does not contain live virus.

Stop the spread

The flu is spread from person to person by coughing, sneezing or other contact with fluids coming from the nose or mouth. It can also be spread by contact with contaminated surfaces. If you are ill and think you may have influenza learn more about how to stop the spread.

Learn more about influenza, the common cold, and gastrointestinal infections​ (which is often mistakenly called the flu).​​

Public Health Question
  • Q:
    Will the flu shot give me the flu?
    A:
    ​The flu shot cannot give you symptoms of influenza. However, it is not uncommon for some people to feel run down or unwell for a day or two after any immunization.