Cold, Flu and COVID-19 Resources

As a community member, here’s what you can do to protect yourself and your loved ones against cold, flu and COVID-19 this season:

  • Get vaccinated
  • Choose well-ventilated spaces whenever possible
  • Wear a well-fitted mask in crowded indoor settings
  • Stay home if you are feeling sick
  • Test for COVID-19 if symptoms exist
  • Wash hands frequently

Below are resources that will help you with these guidelines. We encourage you to share this information with your loved ones and community so we can help prevent and treat cold, flu and COVID-19 in North Toronto.



How to get the COVID-19 vaccine

Starting October 31, 2023, everyone aged six months and older are encouraged to get the updated COVID-19 vaccine. Visit to find a Toronto Public Health Clinic or pharmacy near you. Some primary care providers (e.g. family doctor or nurse practitioners) may also offer the vaccination.

If you or your loved one is not able to leave home, you may be eligible to receive your vaccination at home. Learn more about Toronto Public Health’s Homebound Vaccination Program.


How to get the flu vaccine

During flu season, you can get a free flu shot from:

Children six months to four years old can get their flu shot from a doctor, nurse practitioner or local public health unit. Children under five years old cannot get a flu shot at a pharmacy.


Have questions about the COVID-19 vaccine or flu vaccine?

Call one of these resources to talk to a doctor, nurse or other healthcare provider who can answer your questions about vaccines and other health-related topics.


What to do if you have cold, flu and COVID-19 symptoms

If your symptoms are severe and potentially life-threatening (e.g. shortness of breath or chest pain),
 please call 9-1-1 immediately or go to your nearest hospital emergency department.

If your symptoms are not life-threatening, we encourage you to contact your family doctor, nurse practitioner or other primary care provider. Other options to seek care in our community includes: