By Sehr Athar
– St. James Town Press, November 2021 edition –

It’s flu season! The flu is caused by a specific virus that arrives each year around fall or wintertime. The flu is not the same as the cold! In fact, the flu can develop into more serious health problems, and can worsen pre-existing medical conditions.  The best way to protect yourself against the flu is to 1) cover your cough or sneeze, 2) wash your hands regularly and 3) get your flu shot early! 

Did you know the flu shot is available for anyone 6 months and older, and people 2 years old and above can get a flu shot at participating pharmacies across the city? For seniors 65+ there are different doses available including high doses. For more information, please click here or call your doctor’s office. 

In St. James Town, you can get your flu shot on Friday, November 26th at the Wellesley Community Centre anytime between 4pm and 7:15pm. Please call The Corner at (416) 964-657 for an appointment.

Did you know it’s safe to get both your flu shot and the COVID-19 vaccine at the same time? In fact, the following groups are eligible for their booster dose in Ontario right now, if it has been at least 6 months after their second dose.

  • Adults aged 70+
  • Healthcare workers 
  • Essential caregivers in congregate settings (eg. long term care or retirement homes)
  • First Nations, Inuit and Métis people, and people 18+ who live with them
  • Individuals who received two doses of AstraZeneca/COVISHIELD COVID-19 vaccine or individuals who received one dose of Janssen/Johnson & Johnson COVID-19 vaccine

You can book your booster shot here through the COVID-19 Vaccine Portal, or if you live in St. James Town and surrounding areas and need help for any reason, you can call (416) 347-0943 for assistance.