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Influenza

Flu shots are still available. 

Please contact the Ryerson Medical Centre at medicalct@ryerson.ca, or by calling 416-979-5070 to book an appointment, while quantities last. 

We regret that high dose vaccines for ages  >65 are not available due to shipment availability. 

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It's more important than ever to get the flu vaccine.

Influenza, or the flu, is caused by a specific virus that typically comes around each fall or winter. The flu vaccine will not protect you against COVID-19, but it will protect you from the flu or reduce the severity of illness from the flu. Flu prevention will also help limit patient visits to hospitals during the pandemic, which helps alleviate stress on our healthcare system.

How can I get the flu shot at Ryerson? 

Flu shots at the Ryerson Medical Centre will be administered only via scheduled flu clinics, mostly due to limited supply of the vaccine. Drop in appointments for flu shots will not be available at this time.

Ryerson community members who are not working or living on campus are encouraged to receive their flu shot in their own neighbourhood. The flu shot is free of charge with a provincial health card.

Additional Flu Shot clinics may be added depending on vaccine availability.

What should I bring? 

  • Provincial health card or UHIP card
  • Ryerson OneCard (or student number if no OneCard)
  • Clothes that allow for easy access to the upper arm
  • Face mask

How can I register?

Ryerson community members can register (drop-in is not available) for the flu vaccine at the upcoming Flu Shot Clinics as soon as the next shipment of vaccine becomes available. When a new shipment of flu shots arrive, the Ryerson community will be notified. The Ryerson Medical Centre will prioritize high risk community members (i.e. >65, pregnant, certain medical conditions, essential workers including those on campus), as well as members currently on campus, such as students in residence and international students.

Ryerson community members who are receiving the flu vaccine on campus must abide by social distancing, as well as Ryerson’s policies and procedures for mask use. In providing the flu vaccine, Ryerson is prioritizing your health and safety and will ensure that the vaccine will be provided in an environment that follows Toronto public health guidelines.

Doctor giving patient flu shot

Stats: The flu causes about 12,200 hospitalizations and 3,500 deaths in Canada each year. During the 2019-2020 flu season, 42,541 Canadians tested positive for the flu. However, the flu vaccine prevented about 60 per cent of cases of influenza that would have otherwise occurred in unvaccinated cases.  

Symptoms: People who get the flu usually have an abrupt onset of fever, muscle aches, headache, sore throat, cough, and weakness, usually lasting two to seven days. 

Who is at risk: While anyone can get the flu, the very young, elderly, and people with certain medical conditions are at a higher risk of complications. 

How to protect yourself: The best way to prevent infection, protect yourself and those close to you is to receive the seasonal influenza vaccine every year. Once you receive the flu vaccine, it takes about two weeks for your body to develop an immune response to protect you against the flu.

To learn more about the flu, visit ontario.ca/flu-facts, external link