With more than three thousand Ontario residents expected to die from the flu this year, health officials are once again asking you to get you flu shot.
The free flu vaccine will be available at pharmacies across the province this week.
It is also available at doctor’s offices, local public health units and community immunization clinics.
Anyone five years of age and older can also be vaccinated for free by a pharmacist at about 26-hundred pharmacies across the province.
According to the provincial government, about 3,000 Ontarians a year die from the flu and about 12,000 are hospitalized due to the flu.
Health officials are worried this year could be a bad one.
“We are seeing early signs already of the H3N2 which usually means its going to be more active and more intensive in its action,” said Dr. David Williams, Ontario’s Chief Medical Officer of Health.
5 ways to protect yourself from the flu:
-Cover your mouth in public spaces
-Wash your hands for 30 seconds
-Cough and sneeze into your elbow
-Stay away, or stay home, if you are sick
-Get your flu shot
(with files from Global News and The Canadian Press)