Regarding the 2018/19 influenza season, and access to Markham FHT Flu Clinics:

Flu clinics are only available for patients of the Markham Family Health Team. They will be held at our Church St office ONLY, on a walk-in basis at the following times:                                          

Evenings 5:30 – 7:45pm Day time 9:00 – 11:45am and 1:00 – 3:45pm
Mon Oct 22, Tues Oct 23, Wed Oct 24, Thurs Oct 25 Wed Oct 24
Mon Oct 29, Tues Oct 30, Wed Oct 31, Thurs Nov 1 Wed Oct 31
Mon Nov 5, Tues Nov 6, Wed Nov 7, Thurs Nov 8 Wed Nov 7

    

                                                                    

Influenza can be a serious respiratory infection. Many strains of influenza can be prevented and complications lessened with the flu vaccine. One shot, received ideally in the fall of each year, will last you through to the spring of the following year. The side effects of the flu vaccine are generally mild and include soreness or redness at the site of the injection, some diffuse muscle aches and sometimes a transient fever.  Serious side effects are rare.  You should not have a flu shot if you are allergic to thimerosal, neomycin or eggs, or have had a significant reaction to prior dosages of the flu vaccine. The flu shot is recommended for all individuals age 6 months and older.  The office and most pharmacies have more information for you if you wish.                                                          

IMPORTANT: If you are age 65 or older, have received this year’s flu shot elsewhere, or have decided not to have the flu shot, kindly mail, fax, or email the office.  This will allow us to keep your medical record up to date.         

Individuals considered to be at high risk of influenza-related complications are:

    • All pregnant women
    • People who are residents of nursing homes or other chronic care facilities
    • People ≥ 65 years of age
    • All children 6 to 59 months of age
    • Indigenous peoples
    • Adults or children with chronic health conditions as follows:
  • cardiac or pulmonary disorders
  • diabetes mellitus or other metabolic disease
  • cancer
  • conditions which compromise the immune system (due to underlying disease, therapy or both)
  • renal disease
  • anemia or hemoglobinopathy
  • neurologic or neurodevelopmental conditions
  • morbid obesity (body mass index of ≥ 40
  • children and adolescents (6 months to 18 years) undergoing treatment with acetylsalicylic acid for long periods

Thank You.       

Markham Family Health Team

https://www.ontario.ca/page/flu-facts