Know the Flu Facts

THE FLU CAN BE SERIOUS.
The flu is very contagious and can spread quickly and easily.
++Before you even know you are sick, you can pass the flu on to others.
++In Canada, an average of 12,200 hospitalizations and 3,500 deaths related to the flu occur each year*.

THE FLU CAN AFFECT ANYONE.
++Even healthy people can get the flu, and it can be serious.
++People at higher risk of serious complications* are:

  • adults aged 65 and over
  • those living with one or more chronic health conditions
  • those residing in nursing homes or other facilities
  • young children
  • pregnant women
  • Indigenous peoples

YOU NEED TO GET VACCINATED EVERY YEAR.
++ Flu viruses change each year. Experts create a new vaccine to protect you each flu season.

YOU CAN’T GET THE FLU FROM THE FLU SHOT.
++ The viruses in the flu shot are either killed or weakened and cannot give you the flu.

THE FLU SHOT IS SAFE.
++ The flu shot has benefited millions of Canadians since 1946.
++ Most people don’t have reactions to the flu shot; those who do may have soreness, redness or swelling
at the injection site.
++ Severe reactions to the vaccine are extremely rare.

EVERYBODY WINS WHEN YOU GET VACCINATED.
++If you do get the flu, the flu shot may reduce the severity of your symptoms.
++By getting the flu shot, you protect yourself and others because you are less likely to spread the flu.
++It’s a simple action that can prevent complications and save lives.

* An Advisory Committee Statement (ACS) National Advisory Committee on Immunization (NACI), Canadian Immunization Guide Chapter on Influenza and Statement on Seasonal Influenza Vaccine for 2018-2019.

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