As we approach flu season, there’s a lot of buzz about vaccines, including the respiratory syncytial virus (RSV) vaccine and the new version of the bi-valent COVID-19 vaccine. With numerous questions arising, such as when and if you should get these vaccines and who’s eligible, we’re here to provide some insights.
1. Flu Season is Around the Corner
Flu season is fast approaching, and it’s essential to prepare for it. Vaccines for the general population can begin in Ontario on October 30, 2023.
2. Stay Informed
The RSV vaccine and the updated COVID-19 vaccine have sparked curiosity and concerns. We understand that many of you have questions. We’ll keep you updated with the latest information as it becomes available, ensuring you have the facts needed to make informed decisions. At the moment, the RSV vaccine is only publicly funded for people living in nursing homes or retirement communities. The vaccine is available for anyone else that wants it, but it requires a prescription and it is at your own expense.
3. Flu Shot: A Must for Most
While we await more details on other vaccines, one thing we can say with certainty is that the flu shot is a crucial preventive measure. In most cases, getting the flu shot is highly recommended. It’s an effective way to protect yourself and those around you from the flu.
4. Watch for Updates
The Ontario Ministry of Health and Long-Term Care recently announced that vaccination for the general public can start on October 30, 2023 and vaccination of those at high risk (seniors, people with medical conditions, health care workers, etc.) can start immediately.
Keep an eye on our website for updates, and feel free to reach out if you have any specific questions or concerns.
Stay healthy, stay informed, and together we’ll navigate this upcoming flu season and vaccination options.