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October 29, 2007
Flu Shots: Toronto residents urged to protect themselves and their families
Dr. Barbara Yaffe, Associate Medical Officer of Health for Toronto Public Health, is urging Toronto residents to get their free flu shot at clinics beginning tomorrow.

“It’s important that all Toronto residents get vaccinated and help us beat the flu,” said Dr. Yaffe. “Very young children, the elderly, and people with underlying medical conditions can become seriously ill from flu-related complications. When you get the flu shot, you are not just protecting yourself - you are also protecting your loved ones.”

Parents are encouraged to have their children vaccinated, as the flu is spread most easily among children between the ages of five and nine. The National Advisory Committee on Immunization is also recommending the vaccine for all pregnant women.

In addition to getting the flu shot, Dr. Yaffe is encouraging people to reduce the spread of germs by keeping their hands clean, covering their cough and, when they do not have a tissue, to “Do the Sleeve Sneeze.” Techniques about the “Sleeve Sneeze” and a video produced by a group of doctors are available at

Toronto Public Health is operating 62 flu vaccination clinics across the city between October 30 and mid-January. These clinics are part of the Ontario government’s universal influenza vaccination program, making the flu shot available to every resident of Ontario over the age of six months. Last year, Toronto Public Health vaccinated approximately 40,000 Toronto residents.

Note: Dr. Yaffe will be available on-site at the Eaton Centre clinic for media interviews tomorrow, Tuesday, October 30 between noon and 1 p.m. The clinic is located on Albert’s Way within the mall.

For the full flu vaccination clinic schedule or more information, please visit

Toronto is Canada’s largest city and sixth largest government, and home to a diverse population of about 2.6 million people. It is the economic engine of Canada and one of the greenest and most creative cities in North America. In the past three years, Toronto has won more than 70 awards for quality, innovation and efficiency in delivering public services. Toronto’s government is dedicated to prosperity, opportunity and liveability for all its residents.

Media contact:
Susan Sperling, Media Relations Co-ordinator, Toronto Public Health, 416-338-7974,



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