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In an effort to avoid the ‘twindemic’ more Canadians are planning to get the flu shot this fall, which means doctors and pharmacists are going to be busier than ever.

It also means that Canadians need to be proactive and book their appointments early. Here’s why:

  1. Annual vaccination is the most effective way to protect yourself against flu and related complications.
  2. In Canada, flu season usually runs from November to April.
  3. It’s recommended that Canadians get the flu shot as early as possible, ideally between October and December.
  4. While it differs by province, flu shots are usually available the last two weeks of October. This year, some provinces are offering the shots earlier, specifically for vulnerable populations, such as seniors.
  5. It takes about two weeks to develop antibodies from the vaccine.
  6. A flu vaccine cannot give you flu. It’s natural for some to feel achy or feverish after vaccination and it generally lasts only a day or two.
  7. The flu, like COVID-19, spreads through droplets from people who are infected with the virus. It’s also spread by direct contact with objects and surfaces that are contaminated by droplets.
  8. A sneeze can send germs flying up to six feet.
  9. People can be contagious before symptoms appear and after their symptoms have gone.
  10. You can have flu and COVID at the same time.

READ: The World Health Organization—Five simple steps to protect against flu