Flu shots – Oct 18, 2020 – update

This is an unprecedented year and all the staff and doctors at Hollandview Medical believe strongly that vaccinations can help mitigate disease and protect patients. In particular, it may be difficult to distinguish a COVID-19 infection from a serious flu infection this year.

COVID-19 mortality rates are currently estimated to be between 10 and 100 times higher than the regular seasonal flu. (1)

The doctors at the clinic will be offering flushots this year. The first batch is expected to arrive the week of October 19 at the office. HOWEVER, public health is ONLY providing standard flushots to us with this current batch. Seniors (age > 65) may wish to wait of the high-dose flushot.

Due to waning immune systems, seniors benefit more from the high dose flushot. The trade off is that the high-dose only protects against 3 strains for flu. The standard dose protects against 4 strains. In my personal opinion, both have their merits. (lower protection levels against 4 strains vs. higher protection levels against 3 strains).

The pharmacies may have flushots available already and we encourage patients to receive their flushot from whichever site is most convenient to them. Doctors receive their flushot supply from the Ministry of Health. Priority is given to the hospitals and long-term care.

Pharmacies on the other hand get their vaccine supply directly from their distributors. This is one of the reasons that many pharmacies can offer flushots before doctors can.

Either way, we believe in the flushot and support it’s use. We also understand that this is a personal choice and patients are encouraged to decide for themselves whether to receive them.

(1) https://www.hopkinsmedicine.org/health/conditions-and-diseases/coronavirus/coronavirus-disease-2019-vs-the-flu