We will be running a drive-thru flu shot clinic this year! This will allow us to respect physical distancing recommendations, and ensures that I can give flu shots to everyone without filling up a waiting room.
When & Where:
- Date: October 24, 2020
- Time: 10am-1pm
- Location: The parking lot at my office, 99 Toronto Rd in Port Hope
You will need to call to book a time – that way we can make sure everyone comes in a specific time slot, to minimize your wait time, and maximize our efficiency. Edie and Dayna are awaiting your call at 905-885-5511.
What you need to know:
- Wear a short-sleeved shirt – the shot goes in your upper arm, and I’ll be giving it to you in your car, so be sure to take your jacket off in advance.
- Please wear a mask for your shot, as we’ll be pretty close together for a brief time. You can take it off when I’m done!
- I will vaccinate as many people as you have in your car, so feel free to bring the family! If you’re not in the same social bubble, though, come in separate vehicles.
- If you have a fever or are feeling really unwell, it’s not a good time to get your flu shot. Please call and let us know you won’t be coming.
- This clinic is only open to patients of mine, or Dr. Cameron. Anyone else should call their family doctor, or a local pharmacy to get their flu shot.
General flu shot FAQS:
- Can I get the flu from the flu shot?
No. You just can’t. The vaccine contains recognizable virus pieces, so your immune system can identify it in future, but not whole, active virus particles. You can feel a little bit off the next day just because of your immune system activating, but you can’t get the flu.
- Will it hurt?
Maybe. A little bit. I’d recommend it anyway.
- What if I’m allergic to eggs?
Good news! You can get it anyway!
- What if I’ve had a reaction to the flu shot/another shot before?
Fair question – call and talk to me first, and we’ll figure out the best path forward for you.
- I never get the flu. Why would I get the shot?
I’ve never been hit by a car before, but I still check both ways before I cross the street. The risks are pretty minimal from the shot, and while I’m thrilled you’ve never had to experience the flu before, that doesn’t mean you’re immune to it!
- Will the flu shot protect me from COVID?
- Why risk getting something that looks a lot like COVID, and have to do the whole isolation/nose Q-tip shebang this year?
- The health care system may be overwhelmed during this flu season by patients who are really sick with COVID. That means the ICU bed we might have normally had available for you, and your really severe case of the flu, might already be full when you need it. Why take the chance?
- I’ve heard that the flu shot is a scam from the drug companies who make it. You suggesting the flu shot just makes me think you are part of the conspiracy…
Oh gosh. I can’t help you, I’m afraid.
- I got the flu shot last year, do I really need it again?
Unfortunately, yes. The influenza viruses mutate between seasons as they travel back and forth between us and the southern hemisphere (Australia’s flu season is our summer, for example). So the flu shot changes each year, as we try to predict what strains will be the biggest problem each year.
- I’m over 65, should I get the high-dose flu shot?
That’s tricky. The high-dose flu shot has a higher dose of influenza A protection. A is the most common flu bug. BUT – the standard-dose flu shot we’re giving has broader influenza B coverage. So maybe? There are no head-to-head comparisons of these two vaccines, unfortunately. If you have heart or lung problems, and you’re over 65, I am generally recommending the high-dose, but if we happen to run out, I’m truly not convinced it’s a big deal. Just get the flu shot.
- Can’t I just book an appointment and come into the office for my flu shot?
We have been seeing patients in the office every day through this whole COVID debacle. That being said – we’re doing a lot virtually so that we can space out our in-person appointments, giving me time to clean the room from top to bottom, and ensure you don’t have to sit in the waiting room, or run into other patients – all to minimize our risk of moving COVID around our community. If I start booking up those in-person slots for flu shots, I’m not going to be able to see the people who need to be seen for medical problems. So the short answer – I’d really prefer you just come to the flu shot clinic I’ve worked hard to get set up!
- I’m due for other vaccines as well – can I do them all at once?
Not in the flu shot clinic. I’d recommend you come for you flu shot through the clinic (as this is certainly my priority for you), and we’ll arrange the others at another time.