When you have influenza

If you are experiencing influenza-like symptoms such as acute onset of fever, cough, sore throat, joint and muscle pain, and headache, you are encouraged to stay home until your fever is gone. Elderly persons may not develop a fever. Children and some young adults may also experience nausea, vomiting and diarrhea. Click here for more information managing influenza at home. If you are concerned about symptoms, please call your family doctor or after-hours clinic to discuss before visiting their office or clinic.

If influenza-like and respiratory symptoms get progressively worse or if you are experiencing shortness of breath or difficulty breathing, you are asked to visit the Urgent Care Centre at Hotel Dieu Hospital, open 8 am to 8 pm, every day. Children up to the age of 18 can attend the Pediatric Urgent Care Clinic at Hotel Dieu Hospital, Monday to Friday, 9 am to 4 pm. Please note that the Pediatric Urgent Care Clinic at HDH is closed Dec. 24 to Jan. 1 inclusive. Families should instead visit the Urgent Care Centre at HDH.
Visiting Hotel Dieu Hospital for assessment will help you get the care you need, while ensuring that the Emergency Department at Kingston General Hospital is able to manage patients with serious, life-threatening conditions.

Where can you get an influenza immunization?

You can contact:

  • your family doctor
  • your pharmacist (for 5 years of age and over)
    (Participating Locations (no scheduled dates)-include sites, addresses, phone numbers)
  • your local public health unit
    (KFL&A Public Health Clinic Dates-as well as sites, times, addresses)

Find flu shot clinics throughout the province on the Ontario Flu Clinic Locator website.

Programs and Services
KFL&A Public Health provides free influenza vaccine—the flu shot—to residents at community clinics across the KFL&A area.
Contact Information
Influenza Info Line
613-549-1232 or
1-800-267-7875, ext. 1451

Page last updated: 2015-Jan-12

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