Brampton residents encouraged to get flu vaccine in addition to COVID-19 vaccine this winter

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Published October 15, 2021 at 2:47 pm

With fewer restrictions anticipated for this winter in Brampton, a more aggressive rollout of the flu vaccine is expected.

According to Dr. Lawrence Loh, Medical Officer of Health for the Region of Peel, flu vaccines will be available in the coming months, and all residents are encouraged to get one to prevent contracting and spreading the disease.

“We are working very closely with primary care and pharmacy partners across the system to provide hundreds of thousands of doses of flu vaccine this year,” Loh said during a press conference on Friday (October 15).

Currently, some doses of flu vaccines are available, but they are being prioritized for those who are part of high-risk populations and more likely to experience severe symptoms from contracting the disease.

In addition to the flu vaccine, Dr. Loh is also encouraging residents who have not yet done so to also get vaccinated against COVID-19.

“It is strongly recommended, that because we are a more open society again and that flu is still in our midst, that people get both the flu and COVID-19 vaccines if they have not yet done so,” he said.

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