This fall, let’s all do our part to prevent the spread of respiratory viruses (Influenza, Respiratory Syncytial Virus (RSV), and COVID-19) in our community. The most effective way to protect ourselves and those around us is by getting vaccinated. Although certain individuals may face a greater risk, it is crucial for the majority of the population to receive annual vaccinations and booster shots to uphold herd immunity in our community.
SVCHC Flu Shot Clinics
For all additional vaccine clinics including COVID-19 XXB boosters, please refer to the Eastern Ontario Health Unit.
Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)
Vaccines tell our body to make antibodies that protect us from certain viruses.
The specific strains in the vaccine are reviewed every year by WHO and are often changed to provide a better match against the viruses expected to circulate in that given year, and because the body’s immune response to vaccination may be transient and may not persist beyond a year.
The immunity that you develop after receiving your “primary series” of vaccinations against COVID-19 will wane over time. The booster dose acts as a reminder to our immune system and increases the immunity that we have to COVID-19 so that our bodies are better prepared to fight the infection if we are exposed to the virus.
Having up-to-date immunizations helps ensure that children have the best protection possible against certain diseases that can be very serious or even fatal. It also helps reduce the risk of disease outbreaks in child care centres (daycares) and schools. Ontario’s Routine Immunization Schedule provides a number of immunizations free of charge to both children and adults. Some of these immunizations are mandatory for children to attend licensed child care centres, and primary or secondary schools in Ontario.
For more information visit: eohu.ca/en/section/immunization
You can call SVCHC and ask to speak to a nurse regarding vaccinations.
Also, Scarborough Health Network’s VaxFacts+ Clinic is available to help community members and families access accurate information. Created as the first of its kind in Canada to support with COVID-19 vaccine information, their service has expanded to offer information on a wide range of vaccines, including RSV, flu, routine immunizations.
Their doctors understand that you may be uncertain, have concerns, or just want to learn more – and are ready to talk, listen, and answer your questions. To learn more visit www.shn.ca/vaxfacts/
For more information regarding vaccines and routine immunizations, please contact the Eastern Ontario Health Unit.