Influenza (Flu)

Ottawa Public Health Community Flu Clinics for the 2021-2022 influenza season will be available from early November 2021 to late December 2021 for eligible Ottawa residents. Eligible Ottawa residents may book an appointment if they meet the following criteria:

  • People six months to two years of age and their household members
  • Those facing barriers to getting the flu vaccine such as:
    • You are a newcomer to Canada
    • You are without an Ontario Health Insurance Plan (OHIP card)
    • You do not have a primary care provider, such as a doctor or nurse and have had difficulty accessing the vaccine at a pharmacy

You can also get your flu vaccines at your family doctors or pharmacies.

Getting your annual flu vaccine is an important way to help protect yourself, your family and high risk groups in your community against seasonal flu. It will also help reduce the burden on Canada’s health care system during this unprecedented time. The flu vaccine will not protect against COVID-19, but it will help reduce your risk of getting the flu and COVID-19 at the same time. Having both illnesses at the same time could put you at a higher risk for severe illness. 

What is the flu?

The flu, or seasonal influenza, is a common contagious infection. The flu affects the nose, throat, and lungs. It is spread through droplets that have been coughed or sneezed by someone who has the flu. You can get the flu by shaking hands with someone who has the flu or by touching surfaces that have come into contact with flu droplets, and then touching your eyes, nose or mouth. Flu symptoms include a sudden fever or feeling feverish as well as a cough and/or a sore throat. It is common to also have a runny or stuffy nose, headache or body aches, and chills. You may feel more tired than usual and have a lower appetite. Some people (mostly children) also have nausea, vomiting, and/or diarrhea. Most people will recover within a week to 10 days, but some people are at greater risk of severe complications, such as pneumonia or death. Influenza infection can also worsen certain chronic conditions, such as heart disease. According to the National Advisory Committee on Immunization (NACI), there are approximately 3,500 deaths related to influenza on average each year in Canada. 

NACI recommends people six months of age and over receive the flu vaccine each year, especially:

  1. People at high risk of influenza-related complications or hospitalizations:
    • All pregnant women
    • Adults 65 years of age and older
    • People who are residents of nursing homes or other chronic care facilities
    • All children six to 59 months of age
    • Indigenous peoples
    • Adults or children six months of age and over with chronic health conditions:
      • Cardiac or pulmonary disorders
      • Diabetes mellitus or other metabolic disease
      • Cancer
      • Conditions or medication which compromise the immune system
      • Renal disease
      • Anemia or hemoglobinopathy
      • Neurologic or neurodevelopment conditions
      • Morbid obesity (body mass index of ≥40)
      • Children and adolescents (six months to 18 years) undergoing treatment with acetylsalicylic acid for long periods
  2. People capable of transmitting influenza to those at high risk:
    • Health care workers and other care providers in facilities and community settings
    • Household contacts (adults and children) of individuals at high risk of influenza related complications
    • Persons who provide care to children four years of age or older
    • Members of a household expecting a newborn during the influenza season
    • Those who provide services within a closed or relatively closed setting to persons at high risk of influenza related complications (such as crew on a ship)
  3. People who provide essential community services
  4. Poultry industry workers

This year with the presence of COVID-19 circulating in the community, it is especially important for high risks groups to get the flu vaccine to reduce the potential risk of having COVID-19 and influenza at the same time.

Anyone aged six months and older who lives, works or attends school in Ontario is eligible to receive the publicly funded flu vaccine (no cost).

Where can I get my flu vaccine?

Age Locations

six months old to two years old

two years old to 64 years old

65 years and

older

Anyone six months of age or older who lives, works or attends school in Ontario is eligible to receive the publicly funded flu vaccine (no cost).

People may be required to provide proof that they live, work, or attend school in Ontario to receive the publicly funded flu vaccine. Many different identification (ID) documents are accepted to prove eligibility (such as health card, registered mail, pay stub, student card). Having a health card is not a requirement, however, some health care providers may request one for their services.

Ottawa Public Health (OPH) will have four community clinics for flu vaccines, for all eligible Ottawa residents. Eligible Ottawa residents may book an appointment if they meet the following criteria:

  • People six months to two years of age and their household members
  • Those facing barriers to getting the flu vaccine such as:
    • You are a newcomer to Canada
    • You are without an Ontario Health Insurance Plan (OHIP card)
    • You do not have a primary care provider, such as a doctor or nurse and have had difficulty accessing the vaccine at a pharmacy.

To avoid crowding, OPH community clinics will be by appointment only. Appointments will be available to book beginning October 25 at 10 am.

Community Clinics
Community clinic and hours of operation Address
University of Ottawa - Minto Sports Complex

Tuesday to Friday: 12:45pm - 7pm

Saturday: 9:45am - 4pm

Closed on Sunday and Monday

801 King Edward Avenue
JH Putman School

Tuesday to Friday: 12:45pm - 7pm

Saturday: 9:45am - 4pm

Closed on Sunday and Monday

2051 Bel-Air Drive
Eva James Memorial Centre

Tuesday to Friday: 12:45pm - 7pm

Saturday: 9:45am - 4pm

Closed on Sunday and Monday

65 Stonehaven Drive
Orleans Ruddy Family YMCA-YWCA

Tuesday to Friday: 12:45pm - 7pm

Saturday: 9:45am - 4pm

Closed on Sunday and Monday

265 Centrum Boulevard
Preventing the flu

You can help protect yourself against the flu by getting the flu vaccine. The earlier you get the vaccine, the better your chances are to prevent getting the flu virus. The flu is a viral infection that can have severe complications. Anyone can get the flu virus. The flu is not just a cold. You could miss school, work, parties, holidays, or even end up in the hospital.

The flu vaccine helps your body help itself. The vaccine will trigger your body to fight off infection if you come into contact with the flu. This means you either will not get the flu virus, or the symptoms will be greatly reduced. Each year, different strains of the flu virus appear. Scientists predict which strains will be most likely to affect us for the coming year. These strains are used to make up the year's flu vaccine. This is why it is important to be immunized with a flu vaccine each year, in the fall.

Getting your flu vaccine is good for everyone. When more people get their flu vaccine, the odds of the flu virus spreading goes down. This protects those who are most vulnerable such as children under five, adults 65 years or older, pregnant women, as well as those living with chronic health conditions like diabetes, cancer, and HIV/AIDS.

In addition to getting your flu vaccine, remember to be SOCIAL Wise:

  • W – Wear a mask or face covering where required, or when you cannot maintain a physical distance of two metres (six feet).
  • – Isolate yourself from others when you are sick (and get tested immediately if you have COVID-like symptoms).
  • S – Share your enthusiasm with friends and family about being fully vaccinated and encourage them to get vaccinated.
  • – Exercise proper hand hygiene; wash your hands regularly or use sanitizer especially before touching your face.

Download our fact sheet on What You Need to Know About COVID-19.

If you are in distress (e.g., significant trouble breathing, chest pain, fainting, or have a significant worsening of any chronic disease symptoms), do not go to the Assessment Centre or a COVID-19 Care clinic. Go to the nearest Emergency Department or call 9-1-1.

Participating pharmacies

Influenza vaccines are available in late fall - please call ahead to your local pharmacy to ensure vaccine availability.

Pharmacy Name Street # Street Name Telephone #
Shoppers Drug Mart 111 Albert Street 613-235-5139
Shoppers Drug Mart 1559 AltaVista Drive 613-738-1445
Drugstore Pharmacy 2681 AltaVista Drive 613-247-1070
ProMed Pharmacy 2706 AltaVista Drive 613-680-4343
Shoppers Drug Mart 174 Bank Street 613-232-5723
Swift Compounding Pharmacy 276 Bank Street 613-422-2202
Loblaws Pharmacy 296 Bank Street 613-234-9299
Centretown Pharmacy 326 Bank Street 613-422-2900
Shoppers Drug Mart 455 Bank Street 613-238-9041
Shoppers Drug Mart 702 Bank Street 613-233-3202
Glebe Apothecary 778 Bank Street 613-234-8587
Whole Health Pharmacy Glebe 857 Bank Street 613-231-7770
Shoppers Drug Mart 1080 Bank Street 613-526-9537
1355 Bank Street Pharmacy 1355 Bank Street 613-731-2200
Kilborn Pharmacy 1385 Bank Street 613-721-6000
Med Rx Altabank Pharmacy 1405 Bank Street 613-526-4466
Health Smart Pharmacy 1500 Bank Street 613-695-5561
Shoppers Drug Mart 1582 Bank Street 613-523-9016
Proactive Pharmacy 1645 Bank Street 613-521-1200
Southkeys Pharmacy 1883 Bank Street 613-680-8880
Bank Street Medical Pharmacy 1935 Bank Street 613-422-1245
Wal-Mart Pharmacy 2210 Bank Street 613-247-1033
Loblaw Pharmacy 2210C Bank Street 613-733-2283
Hunt Club Pharmacy 2430 Bank Street 613-521-7955
Shoppers Drug Mart 2446 Bank Street 613-247-9893
Shoppers Drug Mart 2515 Bank Street 613-523-9999
Bank St. Pharmacy 2531 Bank Street 613-739-1212
Blossom Park Pharmacy 2928 Bank Street 613-736-7366
Shoppers Drug Mart 4744 Bank Street 613-822-0366
Greely Pharmasave 6045 Bank Street 613-455-3333
Wal-Mart Pharmacy 1375 Baseline Road 613-224-6891
Loblaws Pharmacy 1980 Baseline Road 613-723-3100
Baseline Pharmacy Inc. 2571 Baseline Road 613-721-9000
H M A Pharmacy Ltd 2948 Baseline Road 613-228-9925
Wal-Mart Pharmacy 100 Bayshore Drive 613-829-0777
Rexall  1160 Beaverwood Road 613-692-2424
New Edinburgh Pharmacy 5 Beechwood Avenue 613-749-4444
Beechwood Wholehealth Pharmacy 222 Beechwood Avenue
Costco Pharmacy 1405 Blair Towers Place
Bridle Path Pharmacy 4000 Bride Path Drive 613-249-0624
Medical Pharmacy 770 Broadview Avenue 613-725-9671
Whole Health Pharmacy Ogilvie 1150 Cadboro Road 613-749-7455
MediSystem Ottawa  40 Camelot Drive 613-224-3225
Medicine Shoppe 5303 Canotek Road 613-745-5905
Medical Pharmacy 1053 Carling Avenue 613-761-4157
McNeil Pharmacy 1081 Carling Avenue 613-722-7679
Shoppers Drug Mart 1309 Carling Avenue 613-722-4277
Carling IDA Pharmacy 1320 Carling Avenue 613-722-7774
Rexall 1415 Carling Avenue 613-729-0375
Rexall 2121 Carling Avenue 613-722-4588
Shoppers Drug Mart 2148 Carling Avenue 613-725-9990
Rexall 2525 Carling Avenue 613-828-3412
NutriChem Pharmacy Ltd. 2599 Carling Avenue 613-820-4200
Rexall  2950 Carling Avenue 613-829-3417
Bayshore Pharmacy Limited 3029 Carling Avenue 613-820-4907
Mecca Pharmacy 3059 Carling Avenue 613-422-7766
Shoppers Drug Mart 3080 Carling Avenue 613-820-5350
Rexall 4048 Carling Avenue 613-599-5188
ApotheSOS Pharmacy 314 Central Park Drive 613-680-8858
Centrepointe Gabriel Drugs 117 Centrepointe Drive 613-723-2366
Pharmacie Centrum Pharmacy Inc 210 Centrum Boulevard 613-837-4995
North Gower Pharmacy 2333 Church Street 613-489-5000
UltraCare Compounding Pharmacy  1366 Clyde Avenue 613-225-2225
Merivale IDA Pharmacy 1390 Clyde Avenue 613-224-1111
Pharmacie Medici Pharmacy 1200 Colonial Road 613-429-4100
CareRx Ottawa 169 Colonnade Road South 613-747-7426
Constance Bay Pharmacy 179 Constance Bay Road 613-832-7707
Metro Pharmacy 10 Cope Drive 613-591-9824
Rexall 350 Cresthaven Drive 613-825-1682
Shoppers Drug Mart 298 Dalhousie Street 613-241-1871
Pharmacie Brisson Pharmacy Ltd 270 Dalhousie Street 613-241-6273
West Carleton Drug Mart 461 Donald B. Munro Drive  613-839-3133
Donald St. Pharmacy 336 Donald Street 613-567-1212
St. Laurent IDA Pharmacy 1237 Donald Street 613-688-0299
Rexall  300 Eagleson Road 613-592-3109
Shoppers Drug Mart 680 Eagleson Road 613-599-4595
Drugstore Pharmacy 760 Eagleson Road 613-254-5334
Shoppers Drug Mart 647 Earl Armstrong Road 613-822-6746
Wal-Mart Pharmacy 500 Earl Grey Drive 613-599-1343
Loblaws Pharmacy 200 Earl Grey Drive 613-599-4046
Rexall 160 Elgin Street 613-232-4204
White Cross Disp (Ottawa) Ltd 264 Elgin Street 613-233-4029
Fallowfield Pharmacy 3500 Fallowfield Road 613-823-3500
Health Haven Pharmacy 3780 Fallowfield Road 613-823-1540
Wal-Mart Pharmacy 5357 Fernbank Road 613-831-8142
Forest Valley Pharmacy 1600 Forest Valley Drive 613-841-0666
Bell Pharmacy 737 Gladstone Avenue 613-234-1890
Loblaws Pharmacy 200 Grant Carmen Drive  613-727-7477
Green Street Pharmacy 16 Green Street 613-825-7700
Health Treasure Pharmacy 10 Green Street 613-440-9100
Greenbank Pharmacy 139 Greenbank Road 613-695-1847
Shoppers Drug Mart  181 Greenbank Road 613-820-1306
Greenbank Hunt Club Pharmacy 250 Greenbank Road 613-288-1414
Rexall  900 Greenbank Road 613-825-9000
Barrhaven Pharmacy 1221 Greenbank Road 613-825-1200
Loblaws Pharmacy 3201 Greenbank Road 613-825-3748
Shoppers Drug Mart 420 Hazeldean Road 613-831-2975
Click Pharmacy 442 Hazeldean Road 613-435-5100
Shoppers Drug Mart 5709 Hazeldean Road 613-836-3679
Hazeldean Pharmacy 6150 Hazeldean Road 613-435-0789
Health Keys Pharmacy 1181 Hunt Club Road 613-421-1620
Blackburn Pharmacy 2575 Innes Road 613-830-1212
Shoppers Drug Mart 2638 Innes Road 613-824-2257
Wal-Mart Pharmacy 3900 Innes Road 613-837-1166
Shoppers Drug Mart 3940 Innes Road 613-834-7383
Loblaws Pharmacy 4270 Innes Road 613-824-5448
Pharmacie Orleans Pharmacy 4275 Innes Road 613-837-4747
Innes IDA Pharmacy 4473 Innes Road 613-424-8444
Metro Pharmacy 4510 Innes Road 613-824-7818
Sobeys Pharmacy 5150 Innes Road 613-590-7144
Iris Compounding pharmacy 2730 Iris Street 613-716-1749
Pharmasave Orleans Medical Pharmacy 5929 Jeanne D'Arc Boulevard S 613-510-0150
Shoppers Drug Mart 6491 Jeanne D'Arc Boulevard N 613-837-1521
Jockvale Pharmacy 2201 Jockvale Road 613-440-7200
Kanata Pharmasave 99 Kakulu Road 613-592-6955
Medical Pharmacy 2447 Kaladar Avenue 613-526-1313
Evans Medical Pharmacy 1194 Karn Place 613-731-7808
Kanata Compounding Pharmacy 150 Katimavik Road 613-271-6339
Medicine Shoppe  381 Kent Street 613-232-4337
Pharmasave Cyril Pharmacy 1795 Kilborn Avenue 613-680-1772
Shoppers Drug Mart 1102 Klondike Road R.R.#1 613-592-6010
Taylor Creek Pharmacy 570 Lacolle Way 613-686-1991
Lancaster Medical Pharmacy 2450 Lancaster Road 613-518-1978
Rexall 407 Laurier Avenue West 613-782-2332
Osgoode Pharmacy Ltd. 3192 Logan Farm Drive 613-826-0667
Longfields Pharmacy 613 Longfields Drive 613-440-9199
Watson's Pharmacy and Compounding Centre 192 Main Street 613-238-1881
Stittsville IDA Pharmacy 1250 Main Street 613-836-3881
Loblaw Pharmacy 1251 Main Street 613-831-9277
Kanata Mews Pharmacy 329 March Road 613-435-7730
Rexall 832 March Road 613-599-6699
Sobeys Pharmacy 840 March Road 613-599-3060
Drugstore Pharmacy 100 McArthur Avenue 613-744-3225
CATP - Parkway Pharmacy 311 McArthur Avenue 613-749-2324
Pharmacie La Paix Pharmacy 390 McArthur Avenue 613-744-5800
Shoppers Drug Mart 3310 McArthur Avenue 613-523-2835
Meadowlands Pharmacy 885 Meadowlands Drive East 613-422-5800
Shoppers Drug Mart 888 Meadowlands Drive East 613-225-6204
Costco Pharmacy 1849 Merivale Road 613-727-5822
Palmyra Guardian 1007 Merivale Road 613-729-7007
Loblaws Pharmacy 1460 Merivale Road 613-226-2611
Shoppers Drug Mart 1469 Merivale Road 613-224-7270
Rexall 1595 Merivale Road 613-224-7322
Shoppers Drug Mart 1642 Merivale Road 613-226-1155
Shoppers Drug Mart 5230 Mitch Owens Road 613-692-6737
Shoppers Drug Mart 150 Montreal Road 613-842-7544
Pharmacie Jean Coutu Pharmacy 262 Montreal Road 613-749-5957
Vanier Pharmacy 355 Montreal Road 613-746-8102
Shoppers Drug Mart 541 Montreal Road 613-740-0616
Guardian Hillside Pharmacy 556 Montreal Road 613-741-9900
Pharmacie Medione Inc. 595 Montreal Road 613-422-2071
Rexall 753 Montreal Road 613-745-4796
Shoppers Drug Mart 876 Montreal Road 613-741-3660
Pharma Land 1740 Montreal Road 613-746-4555
Ogilvie Square Pharmasave 1946 Montreal Road 613-747-3535
Rexall 2116 Montreal Road 613-741-1489
Michael Pharmacy 2200 Montreal Road 613-421-0223
Navan Medical Pharmacy 3349 Navan Road 613-915-5355
Loblaws Pharmacy 1980 Ogilvie Road 613-746-9553
Wal-Mart Pharmacy 1980 Ogilvie Road 613-747-7384
Rexall 1980 Ogilvie Road 613-745-9497
Shoppers Drug Mart 2012 Ogilvie Road 613-741-5151
Shoppers Drug Mart 2339 Ogilvie Road 613-741-6465
Rexall  1615 Orleans Boulevard 613-824-0082
Loblaws Pharmacy 1619 Orleans Boulevard 613-830-9914
The Greely Pharmacy 7163 Parkway Road 613-821-9292
Richmond Village Pharmacy 6146 Perth Street 613-838-5352
Richmond IDA Pharmacy 6265 Perth Street 613-838-5323
Rexall 110 Place D'Orleans Drive 613-590-7540
Loblaws Pharmacy 1226 Place D'Orleans Drive 613-834-4047
Pleasant Park Pharmacy 1024 Pleasant Park Road 613-733-2211
Shoppers Drug Mart 1937 Portobello Boulevard 613-590-1800
Preston Medical Pharmacy 225 Preston Street 613-233-3636
South Ottawa Pharmacy 1650 Queensdale Avenue  613-422-2828
Drugstore Pharmacy 190 Richmond Road 613-722-2102
Hybrid Pharm 318 Richmond Road 613-695-4923
Shoppers Drug Mart 410 Richmond Road 613-761-5575
Westboro Pharmasave 421 Richmond Road 613-722-7647
Shoppers Drug Mart 1460 Richmond Road 613-596-0509
Shoppers Drug Mart 50 Rideau Street 613-236-2533
Rexall 200 Rideau Street 613-789-7884
Shoppers Drug Mart 322 Rideau Street 613-789-9700
Loblaws Pharmacy 375 Rideau Street 613-789-3346
Rideau Pharmacy 390 Rideau Street 613-789-4444
Astley's Pharmasave 423 Rideau Street 613-233-8454
Mooney's Bay Pharmacy 743 Ridgewood Avenue 613-680-2900
Loblaws Pharmacy 671 River Road 613-822-9878
Paul's Pharmasave 990 River Road 613-692-0015
Remedy's Rx 3635 Rivergate Way 613-739-0950
NKS Health 2197 Riverside Drive 613-730-2322
Wal-Mart Pharmacy 2277 Riverside Drive 613-737-6898
Rexall 2269 Riverside Drive East 613-733-2287
Shoppers Drug Mart 1821 Robertson Road 613-828-4487
Stafford I.D.A Pharmacy 1861 Robertson Road 613-726-7999
Respect Rx Ottawa West 2006 Robertson Road 613-680-6999
Loblaws Pharmacy 2056A Robertson Road 613-829-4680
Rexall 2144 Robertson Road 613-820-4980
Extend Pharmacy 1929 Russell Road 613-260-7890
Rexall  1620 Scott Street 613-724-9874
Findlay Creek Pharmacy 111 Shuttleworth Drive 613-425-8585
Costco Pharmacy 770 Silver Seven Road 613-270-5578
KidCare Pharmacy 401 Smyth Road 613-737-2316
Medical Pharmacy 501 Smyth Road 613-731-9152
Somerset Drugs 708 Somerset Street West 613-234-7011
Ottawa Medical Pharmacy 797 Somerset Street West 613-236-2307
Rexall 240 Sparks Street 613-238-1241
Limebank Pharmacy 3771 Spratt Road 613-425-7100
GoodHealth Pharmasave 4188 Spratt Road 613-822-8669
Pharmacie Jean Coutu Pharmacy 2701 St Joseph Boulevard 613-838-7804
Shoppers Drug Mart 2954 St Joseph Boulevard 613-841-1535
Orleans Integrative Pharmacy 3095 St Joseph Boulevard 613-424-5721
Trust Care Pharmasave 1020 St Laurent Boulevard 613-749-8577
Shoppers Drug Mart 1200 St Laurent Boulevard 613-745-7015
Rexall 1910 St Laurent Boulevard 613-733-4574
Shoppers Drug Mart 1300 Stittsville Main Street 613-831-0901
Stittsville Whole Health Pharmacy 1609 Stittsville Main Street 613-831-2180
Bridlewood Drug Mart 64 Stonehaven Drive 613-254-9918
Strandherd Guardian Pharmacy 3091 Strandherd Drive 613-825-7400
Shoppers Drug Mart 3151 Strandherd Drive 613-825-8717
Drugstore Pharmacy 3777 Strandherd Drive 613-823-4633
Wal-Mart Pharmacy 3651 Strandherd Drive 613-823-8717
Shoppers Drug Mart 3781 Strandherd Drive 613-825-9151
Cedarview Guardian Pharmacy 4100 Strandherd Drive 613-823-1700
LMC Pharmacy - Ottawa 4100 Strandherd Drive 613-505-9704
Costco Pharmacy 4315 Strandherd Drive  613-714-0923
Shoppers Drug Mart 1675 Tenth Line Road 613-837-6078
Avalon Compounding Pharmacy 2026 Tenth Line Road 613-824-5555
Shoppers Drug Mart 2301 Tenth Line Road 613-837-4131
Tenth Line Pharmacy and Compounding Centre 2288 Tenth Line Road 613-424-8070
Shoppers Drug Mart 2301 Tenth Line Road 613-837-4131
Wal-Mart Pharmacy 450 Terminal Road 613-562-3225
Shoppers Drug Mart 499 Terry Fox Drive 613-271-9790
Sobeys Pharmacy 700 Terry Fox Drive 613-831-4311
St. Mary Health Center Pharmacy 2010 Trim Road 613-590-7800
Metcalfe Pharmacy 8206 Victoria Street 613-821-1224
Shoppers Drug Mart 1180 Walkley Road 613-737-3344
Shas Pharmacy 1428 Walkley Road 613-737-4106
Rexall 1725 Walkley Road 613-737-9826
Crown Pointe Pharmacy 900 Watters Road 613-590-0230
Victoria Pharmacy 1065 Wellington Street  613-729-6149
Rexall  1190 Wellington Street 613-728-3724
Wellington Drug Store 1221 Wellington Street West 613-680-6789
Watson's Pharmacy and Compounding Centre 1308 Wellington Street West 613-238-1882
Pharm Can Drug Mart 71 Willow 613-230-4866
Carlingwood Pharmacy 356 Woodroffe Avenue 613-680-3233
Rexall  1363B Woodroffe Avenue 613-224-1538
Woodroffe Pharmacy 1637 Woodroffe Avenue 613-224-8342
Barrhaven Medical Pharmacy 2900 Woodroffe Avenue 613-440-7997
Vaccine availability
Age groups who are eligible to receive publicly funded vaccines:
Age group Quadrivalent Inactivated Vaccine (QIV) 
FluLaval Tetra
Quadrivalent Inactivated Vaccine (QIV) 
Fluzone® Quadrivalent
Quadrivalent Inactivated Vaccine (QIV) 
Flucelvax® Quad
Quadrivalent Inactivated Vaccine (QIV) 
Afluria® Tetra
QIV-HD
Fluzone® High-Dose
Quadrivalent
TIV-adj
Fluad®
six months  to one year  yes  yes  no  no  no  no
two to four years   yes  yes  yes  no  no  no
five to 64 years  yes  yes  yes  yes  no  no
65 years or older  yes  yes  yes  yes  yes  yes

FluMist® Quadrivalent (AstraZeneca) is authorized for use but it is not publicly funded in this 2021-2022 flu season.

Children six months to under nine years of age who have never had a flu vaccine in their life require 2 doses of the flu vaccine, given at least four weeks apart. Children six months to less than nine years or anyone older who received 1 or more doses of seasonal flu vaccine in the previous year, should receive one dose of flu vaccine per season thereafter.

The standard-dose quadrivalent inactivated vaccine (QIV) continues to be a good option for individuals 6 months of age and over, including adults over the age of 65 years.

The QIV protects against four flu strains: two different flu A viruses and two different flu B viruses. TIV (Trivalent Inactivated Vaccine) protects against two different flu A viruses and one flu B virus. 

Fluzone® High-Dose Quadrivalent Inactivated Vaccine (QIV-HD) is also available for persons 65 years old and over. QIV-HD contains a higher amount of antigen per strain than standard-dose flu vaccine formulations. QIV-HD has a comparable safety and immunogenicity profile to the previously authorized TIV-HD. For individual-level decision making, NACI in Canada states that when available, high-dose should be used over standard-dose inactivated influenza vaccine, given the burden of influenza A(H3N2) disease and the good evidence of better protection compared to standard-dose in adults 65 years of age and older. However, NACI states that any of the available age-appropriate influenza vaccines should be used. There is no preferential recommendation for the use of QIV-HD versus TIV-adj vaccine for this age group. All QIV, QIV-HD, and TIV-adj vaccines protect people 65 years old and over against the flu and the most important thing is for older adults to be vaccinated.

Canadian Immunization Guide Chapter on Influenza and Statement on Seasonal Influenza Vaccine for 2021-2022

Vaccine precautions

The flu vaccine is safe for anyone 6 months of age or older who does not have a contraindication to the flu vaccine.

The flu vaccine is safe and recommended during pregnancy and breastfeeding.

Persons with egg allergy can safely receive any influenza vaccine and do not need any special precautions or testing.

You should not get the flu vaccine if you are:

  • Someone who has had a serious allergic reaction (anaphylaxis) to any of the components of that specific flu vaccine before (with the exception to egg). Consideration may be given to offering another flu vaccine that does not contain the implicated component.
  • Someone who has had a serious allergic reaction (anaphylaxis) to a previous flu vaccine. A consultation with an allergist is recommended prior to flu vaccination.
  • Seriously ill. You can get the flu vaccine when you are feeling better.
  • Someone who has developed Guillain-Barré Syndrome (GBS) within 6 weeks of a previous flu vaccination, unless another cause was found for the GBS. You may be referred to a physician in this case.

You may also be referred to a physician if you have a history of severe Oculo-Respiratory Syndrome involving difficulty breathing or wheezing following receipt of seasonal flu vaccine or have a bleeding disorder.

Reports

Past season: 2020-2021

Influenza activity in Ottawa residents has been minimal season to date. OPH will not begin publishing the weekly influenza report until percent positivity has been 5% or greater for at least two weeks in a row. COVID-19 public health measures are greatly reducing influenza activity this season and we anticipate this will continue throughout the winter. To control both COVID-19 and influenza and keep our community safe, we ask that all residents continue to follow COVID-19 guidance. Please also visit our Influenza page to find out how to get your vaccine.

Most recent report: April 15, 2020 (week 15) [868 kb]

The report provides an overview of the influenza activity in the City of Ottawa during Influenza Season. For information on the influenza season across Ontario see the Ontario Respiratory Pathogen Bulletin, and for Canada see the FluWatch report. Regional syndromic surveillance data on Influenza like Illness (ILI), including hospital admissions and emergency department visits, can be accessed through ILI mapper.

Past reports from current season

Past Seasons from 2013-2014 to 2018-2019

Graph of the number of laboratory-confirmed influenza cases in Ottawa, by influenza season, from 2013-2014 to 2018-2019

 Graph showing the number of laboratory confirmed cases of influenza by flu week. The graph shows six curves representing the influenza cases of the previous six seasons. The figure has been converted into a table below.

Date ranges for influenza surveillance (flu weeks) weeks change slightly each season. For ease of interpretation, only 2018-2019 flu week date ranges are captured in the epidemiological curve above. Visit the FluWatch Weeks Calendar for the current season's flu week date ranges.

Data
 Figure Data Table

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33

65

4

60

36

20

wk 1

47

97

3

61

72

30

wk 2

45

98

7

50

85

39

wk 3

30

74

5

39

76

42

wk 4

20

56

14

34

59

37

wk 5

11

63

18

38

62

40

wk 6

16

53

29

35

89

37

wk 7

6

46

41

28

106

46

wk 8

6

49

54

25

118

38

wk 9

4

26

56

27

117

42

wk 10

5

34

61

16

72

31

wk 11

13

44

63

25

46

38

wk 12

12

38

23

12

41

26

wk 13

10

24

24

19

39

18

wk 14

9

12

19

11

36

31

wk 15

12

14

14

12

28

36

wk 16

17

14

13

11

13

22

wk 17

12

10

11

14

8

14

wk 18

7

14

9

7

8

14

wk 19

11

2

12

1

5

5

wk 20

8

3

2

7

2

6

wk 21

18

0

3

2

0

9

wk 22

5

0

2

2

0

2

wk 23

2

1

0

1

1

1

wk 24

0

0

0

0

0

2

wk 25

0

0

0

1

0

2

wk 26

1

0

0

1

0

1

wk 27

0

1

0

0

0

1

wk 28

0

0

0

0

0

0

wk 29

0

0

0

2

0

0

wk 30

1

0

0

0

0

1

wk 31

0

0

0

0

0

0

wk 32

0

0

0

0

1

0

wk 33

0

0

0

0

1

1

wk 34

0

0

0

0

1

0

Dominant Influenza Strain(s) & Key Flu Activity Periods
 

2013 - 2014

2014 - 2015

2015 - 2016

2016 - 2017

2017 - 2018

2018 - 2019

Dominant influenza strain(s)

A/H1N1

A/H3N2

A/H1N1

A/H3N2

A/H3N2 and B/Phuket (Yamagata lineage)

A/H1N1 and A/H3N2

First week of flu season

Dec 1-7, 2013*

Nov 23-29, 2014*

Jan 17-23, 2016*

Nov 27- Dec 3, 2016

Nov 26- Dec 2, 2017

Oct 14 – 20, 2018

Week of maximum % test-positivity

Dec 29, 2013 - Jan 4, 2014*

Dec 28, 2014 - Jan 3, 2015*

Mar 6-12, 2016*

Dec 25-31, 2016*

Feb 25- Mar 3, 2018*

 Jan 27 – Feb 2, 2019

Maximum % test-positivity

29.1%*

34.5%*

34.3%*

19.4%

34%

 19.8%

Peak week of flu season±

Dec 31, 2013 - Jan 7, 2014

Jan 7-14, 2015

Mar 10-16, 2016

Dec 31, 2016 -Jan 7, 2017

Peak 1: 
Jan 7-14, 2018

Peak 2:
Feb 18-24, 2018

Feb 10 – 16, 2019
Laboratory-confirmed Influenza Cases
 

2013 - 2014

2014 - 2015

2015 - 2016

2016 - 2017

2017 - 2018

2018 - 2019

Median age

54 years

78 years

45 years

71 years

72 years

62 years

Total flu cases

404

924

506

622

1187

693

Flu A cases (%)

300 (74%)

769 (83%)

402 (79%)

544 (87%)

689 (58%)

666 (96%)

Flu B cases (%)

104 (26%)

153 (17%)

104 (21%)

78 (12%)

492 (41%)

23 (3%)

Hospitalizations

106

234

149

113

Not available

Not available

Deaths

9

27

7

11

21

6

Institutional Respiratory Outbreak
 

2013 - 2014

2014 - 2015

2015 - 2016

2016 - 2017

2017 - 2018

2018 - 2019

Total respiratory outbreaks

73

156

78

132

148

115

Flu A outbreaks

20

91

14

44

42

38

Flu B outbreaks

8

11

3

3

37

3

Non-influenza outbreaks

45

54

61

85

62

74

Hospitalizations

Not available

179

17

46

96

50

Deaths

Not available

48

5

19

34

14

Influenza Immunization (flu vaccine)
 

2013 - 2014

2014 - 2015

2015 - 2016

2016 - 2017

2017 - 2018

2018 - 2019

Vaccine doses distributed in Ottawa

390,640

380,309

379,333

379,241

392,603

434,564

Vaccine effectiveness (95% CI)¥

68%
(58-76%)

9%
(0-27%)

46%
(32-57%)

45%
(31-56%)

42%
(22-55%)

56%
(47-64%) 

Archived Seasonal Respiratory Infections and Enteric Outbreaks Surveillance Reports

2018-2019 Influenza Season

Data Notes

The data presented are current as of Sep 3, 2019.  Unless otherwise stated, information included in this table was extracted from the Ministry of Health and Long-Term Care integrated Public Health Information System (iPHIS) database by Ottawa Public Health (OPH). iPHIS is a dynamic disease reporting system that allows for ongoing updates to data previously entered. Data extracted from the iPHIS database represent a snapshot at the time of extraction and can be different in previous or subsequent reports.

Influenza cases and respiratory infection outbreaks in institutions and public hospitals meeting Ontario Ministry of Health (MOH) case definitions for Diseases of Public Health Significance (DPHS), according to Ontario Public Health Standards: Requirements for Programs, Services, and Accountability (Standards): Infectious Diseases Protocol, are presented. In the City of Ottawa, laboratory confirmation testing of influenza is performed by Public Health Ontario Labs (PHOL) or Eastern Ontario Regional Laboratory Association (EORLA). Changes to DPHS reporting requirements or case definitions, as well as variability in influenza laboratory testing and reporting algorithms at can limit the ability to compare across influenza seasons.

* Influenza laboratory test-positivity data for influenza seasons prior to the 2016-2017 season are unavailable for the City of Ottawa. Ontario data, available from Public Health Ontario (PHO) and accessed here, are included as proxy measures.

First week when 5% or more of samples submitted for laboratory testing were positive for influenza.

Highest % of samples submitted for testing that were positive for influenza during a single week.

± Week when the highest number of new influenza cases were reported to OPH, by accurate episode date.

Deaths and hospitalizations are limited to line-listed resident or patient cases from influenza outbreaks in institutions and public hospitals. Influenza infections are not confirmed through laboratory testing for all line-listed cases, as per MOH reporting case definitions. Generally, up to four sample are tested, the remaining outbreak cases are assumed to be caused by the same respiratory pathogen.

¥ Flu vaccine effectiveness data are based on the Canadian Sentinel Practitioner Surveillance Network (SPSN) influenza vaccine effectiveness estimates accessed here.

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