MISSISSAUGA- MPP Dipika Damerla today rolled up her sleeve to get the flu shot at a local pharmacy in her riding of Mississauga East-Cooksville. The influenza vaccine remains the best protection against the flu virus. Under Ontario’s Universal Influenza Immunization Program, flu vaccine is offered free of charge to anyone over the age of six months who either lives, works, or goes to school in Ontario.
Ontario’s flu shot program can prevent up to 30,000 visits to the emergency room and 200,000 to the doctor’s office on average each year
“I encourage everyone to protect themselves against the virus by getting the flu shot. This is the best way to ensure you, your family, friends and co-workers won’t get sick with the flu. To make it more convenient for you, it’s now easier than ever to get the flu shot by simply visiting your nearest trained pharmacist,” said MPP Damerla after receiving her flu shot at the local Rexall Pharmacy.
Children aged two to 17 years can now receive the flu vaccine as a nasal spray or injectable, evidence shows the nasal spray flu vaccine is more effective for children aged two to five years old.
For more information on Ontario’s flu program please visit: https://www.ontario.ca/page/flu-facts