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.