We strongly recommend that ALL patients aged 6 months and over get flu shots. We particularly recommend it for higher risk patients including patients 5 years old and younger and those patients with chronic diseases such as heart disease, asthma or other lung disease, diabetes, kidney disease and cancer.
This year we are not running doctor-specific flu shot clinics but rather general clinics that any of our patients can attend. Please see our “COFMA Walk-In Flu Shot Clinic Hours” page for specific dates and times for each doctor. If you have an appointment in November or early December, we will offer you the flu shot during your visit.
You can also get a flu shot from the City of Ottawa Public Health clinics. To get information about public flu shot clinics please call 311, the information service for City of Ottawa, or check their website (Ottawa Public Health Flu Clinics).
This website continues to have the most up-to-date information regarding ALL influenza vaccination and treatment information. Please check back regularly.
Influenza is a respiratory illness. Symptoms may include fever, headache, severe fatigue, lack of appetite, coughing and sore throat.
To see whether or not you or a family member might have influenza and what to do, please see below
If individuals experience these flu-like symptoms they are advised to:
- Stay home from work, school or public gatherings until they no longer have a fever and are feeling better. Presence of a cough in the absence of other symptoms is not sufficient to keep an employee away from the work setting, as it is not unusual for individuals to experience a cough for days to weeks after infection.
- See their health care provider if you are experiencing severe symptoms
- Limit contact with household members and wash hands frequently
- Use self-care measures such as increasing fluid intake, getting adequate rest and treat themselves for their symptoms. Avoidance of tobacco smoke and the use of cool compresses may also be helpful.
Individuals who are well are encouraged to go about their business as usual while adopting these simple prevention measures to minimize the risk of becoming infected:
- Washing their hands well and frequently
- Coughing and sneezing into their sleeve instead of their hands
- Staying home when they are sick
Ottawa Public Health continues its enhanced surveillance measures in conjunction with the health care community and is in close communication with local first responders, health care providers and physicians as well as other public health agency partners, including provincial and federal agencies to protect the health and well-being of all residents and visitors to Ottawa.
For the most current number of confirmed cases of flu virus in Ontario and Ottawa, see the Ministry of Health and Long-Term Careweb site at https://www.canada.ca/en/public-health/services/diseases/flu-influenza/influenza-surveillance/weekly-influenza-reports.html
Is It a Cold Or the Flu?
|Symptoms of the common cold||Symptoms of influenza|
|Fever||Rare||usual high fever (102 f-104 f, 39 c – 40 c) sudden onset, lasts 3-4 days.|
|Headache||Rare||usual, can be severe.|
|General aches and pains||Sometimes, usually mild||usual, often severe.|
|Fatigue and weakness||Sometimes, usually mild||usual, severe, may last 2-3 weeks or more|
|Extreme fatigue||Unusual||usual early onset, can be severe|
|Runny, stuffy nose||Common||common|
|Chest discomfort, coughing||Sometimes, mild to moderate||usual, can become severe|
|Complications||Can lead to sinus congestion or earache||can lead to pneumonia and respiratory failure, can worsen a current chronic condition, can be life-threatening|