Stay Protected Over the Holiday Season

Published on: December 7, 2023

December 7, 2023

BRANTFORD, ONT. –The Brant County Health Unit (BCHU) is encouraging residents to stay protected and up to date with both COVID-19 and flu vaccinations ahead of the upcoming holiday gathering season. Getting vaccinated is the best way to remain protected against the most severe outcomes of COVID-19 infection, including hospitalization and death.

“The best time to receive both an updated COVID-19 booster and a flu shot is now,” said Dr. Rebecca Comley, BCHU Medical Officer of Health. “It takes 10 to 14 days for protection from these vaccines to take effect, so it’s important to act now to be protected as we move into holiday gathering season.”

Both the COVID-19 vaccines and the flu shot are available to everyone six months-of-age and older at no cost, regardless of citizenship or immigration status, even if you do not have an Ontario health card.

COVID-19 and flu vaccines are available at local community pharmacies across Brantford-Brant. BCHU also continues to operate COVID-19 community vaccine clinics, by appointment only. Those looking to receive both a flu and COVID-19 vaccine together can do so at BCHU COVID-19 community clinics.

There are currently 29 Brantford-Brant residents hospitalized with COVID-19, along with 14 active outbreaks in high-risk settings across our community. Influenza circulation in our community is also expected to rise over the coming holiday and New Year’s season as more residents gather indoors.

The flu shot is a secure and effective method to shield yourself and others from the flu. With a 50 percent reduction in the risk of severe flu complications, this vaccine is a reliable defense. It’s important to note that the flu shot doesn’t contain any live virus, eliminating the possibility of contracting the flu from the vaccine.