There is no shortage of ways to get your flu shot this year in Ottawa, thanks to walk-in flu clinics across the city as well as shots at local pharmacies.
Here’s a list of flu clinics in Ottawa for the 2019-2020 season that usually runs from late October into March. The shot is late this year, meaning it’s important to get it ASAP because it typically takes about two weeks to start working, according to the Government of Ontario.
In addition to these clinics, you can also check if your neighbourhood pharmacy has flu shots — most do.
Flu shots are free if you have your OHIP card.
Via Public Health Ontario: “Influenza spreads from person-to-person through coughing, sneezing or having face-to-face contact. It can cause mild to severe respiratory disease. While anyone can get influenza, the very young, the elderly and people with certain medical conditions are at higher risk of complications. The best way to prevent infection is to receive the seasonal influenza vaccine every year.”
|Saturday, November 2||A.Y. Jackson Secondary School||150 Abbeyhill Dr., Kanata||9 am to 2 pm|
|Tuesday, November 5||Mother Teresa Catholic High School||440 Longfields Drive, Nepean||4 to 8 pm|
|Thursday, November 7||Fred Barrett Arena||3280 Leitrim Rd.||3:30 to 7:30 pm|
|Saturday, November 9||École secondaire catholique Béatrice Desloges||1999 Provence Avenue, Orleans||9 am to 2 pm|
|Tuesday, November 12||South Carleton High School||3673 McBean Street, Richmond||3:30 to 7:30 pm|
|Wednesday, November 13||West Carleton Secondary School||3088 Dunrobin Rd., West Carleton||3:30 to 7:30 pm|
|Thursday, November 14||Osgoode Township High School||2800 Eight Line Road, Metcalfe||3:30 to 7:30 pm|
|Saturday, November 16||Alfred Taylor Recreation Centre||2300 Community Way, North Gower||9 am to 1 pm|
|Monday, November 18||Sacred Heart Catholic High School||5870 Abbott Street E., Stittsville||3:30 to 7:30 pm|
|Monday, November 20||Ottawa City Hall||110 Laurier Avenue West, Ottawa||9 am to 4 pm|
There’s also clinics available at hospitals:
- Nov. 4, 9am to noon: CHEO, 401 Smyth Rd.
- Nov. 6, 4–8 pm: Queensway Carleton Hospital, 3045 Baseline Rd.
- Nov. 7, 4–8 pm: The Royal Hospital, 1145 Carling Ave.
- Nov. 12, 2:30–7:30 pm: The Perley and Rideau Veterans Health Centre, 1750 Russell Rd.
- Nov. 20, 3–8 pm: Montfort Hospital, 713 Montreal Rd.
Special clinics for children under 5 years of age
Ottawa Public Health will continue to offer free appointment-based clinics for children 6 months to less than 5 years of age and their families until early February 2020. Children under 5 years old are at higher risk of flu-related complications and hospitalization. It is very important for them to get the flu vaccine. Most family physicians, nurse practitioners and many walk-in clinics also offer the flu vaccine. Please check with your regular health care provider for availability.
To book an appointment at a special clinic, call the Ottawa Public Health Information Centre at 613-580-6744 (TTY: 613-580-9656).