Christine Elliott, Ontario Minister of Health goes on television to encrourage everyone to get vaccinated against the flu and gets an obviously fake injection for the cameras.
Today, Christine Elliott, Deputy Premier and Minister of Health, was at Rexall Pharmacy at Women’s College Hospital in Toronto to get the flu shot.
“Every Ontarian can join our efforts to put an end to hallway health care by getting their flu shot,” said Elliott. “In fact, getting your flu shot is an important part of keeping all Ontarians healthy and out of hospital, while reducing the strain on our emergency departments. The flu shot will be available across the province to protect you and your family.”
The free flu shot is especially important for young children, pregnant women and people 65 years and older who are at high risk of flu-related complications. It will be available at family doctor and nurse practitioner offices, public health units and participating pharmacies for anyone five years of age or older. For children between six months and four years old, the shot can be administered by a doctor or nurse practitioner.
Several health care leaders joined Elliott in encouraging Ontarians to get their free flu shot.
“Minister Elliott set an excellent example for Ontarians today by getting the flu shot,” said Sandra Hanna, Interim CEO of the Neighbourhood Pharmacy Association of Canada. “The vaccine remains the single most effective way to protect against influenza and its complications. Pharmacists in 4,500 communities across the province are ready to deliver the flu shot in a convenient, accessible way.”