How is Canada preparing for the upcoming flu season?

The flu vaccine is typically available for the public in most pharmacies and clinics starting in mid-October.

Additional safety measures may continue to be implemented this year depending on the COVID-19 situation. Health care providers (e.g., pharmacists, nurses, physicians) may be wearing personal protective equipment and may advise people to wear a mask while they get their flu vaccine.

People will also be screened for COVID-19 symptoms before getting a flu shot, and they may have to maintain physical distancing from others when they arrive.

Further precautions may be in place to ensure safe vaccine administration. These can include extended clinic hours to avoid large crowds, drive-through clinics or outdoor clinics, and encouraging workplaces to have their own on-site immunization programs.

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