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Protect yourself this fall and winter

What you can do to stay healthy during the respiratory illness season.

As people move indoors, the risk of transmitting viruses like the flu, COVID-19 or respiratory syncytial virus (RSV) increases.

No one thing on its own is 100% effective at preventing the spread of respiratory infections but practicing public health measures provides the best protection. This includes:

Vaccines help lower the risk of infection, work to reduce severe outcomes if infected, and aid your body's natural defenses to develop protection against a disease.

About the vaccines

The COVID-19 and flu vaccines are free, safe, and effective ways to protect yourself, prevent severe illness, and are available for adults and children over 6 months of age.

Through the Ontario government's High-Risk Older Adults RSV Vaccine Program, adults 60 years or older residing in long term care homes, Elder Care Lodges, and some retirement homes may be eligible for the RSV vaccine, Arexvy. If adults 60 years or older don't qualify for the free RSV vaccine, they can still purchase the vaccine with a prescription from their family doctor or other primary care provider.

Where to go for care

During this time of year, hospital emergency rooms experience a high volume of patients, resulting in longer than usual wait times.

If you or a family member are experiencing a medical emergency or serious injury, visit your nearest emergency department. If you’re unsure if you need to go to the emergency department, you can:

Explore more options in Brampton, Caledon and Mississauga to find the proper care for you and your family.

How to book an appointment

There are many ways to get the COVID-19 and flu vaccines. Find out how to book an appointment for: