“Covid isn’t over,” warns Mayor Horwath as Hamilton gears up for Flu season


Published October 6, 2023 at 5:46 pm

"Covid isn't over," warns Mayor Horwath as Hamilton gears up for Flu Season

With weather conditions favourable for the spread of respiratory viruses, Hamilton is offering influenza and COVID-19 vaccines to individuals at higher risk of severe infection.

“The fall season presents a unique challenge this year as we continue to grapple with COVID-19 alongside other respiratory viruses,” said Dr. Elizabeth Richardson.

Starting tomorrow (Oct. 7,) eligible groups can access these vaccines, including protection against the XBB.1.5 COVID-19 subvariant, at public health clinics.

Higher-risk individuals for both influenza and COVID-19 XBB are:

  • Residents and staff of congregate living settings (e.g., long-term care facilities, retirement homes)
  • Pregnant individuals
  • Individuals aged 65 and above
  • Children aged six months to four years
  • Those from First Nation, Inuit, or Métis communities, and/or who self-identify as such, along with their household members
  • Individuals aged six months and older with underlying health conditions, as per the National Advisory Committee on Immunization
  • Members of racialized and other equity-deserving communities
  • Healthcare workers and first responders

The City is adopting a multi-layered approach to prevent the spread of respiratory illnesses, especially during the fall and winter months.

This approach involves combining vaccination with other preventive measures, symptom recognition, and responsible utilization of healthcare resources.

“As much as we’d like it to be, COVID isn’t over.”

“Please take steps to protect yourself and those around you from respiratory illness,” said Mayor Andrea Horwath.

Hamilton Public Health Services is urging residents to stay up-to-date with influenza and COVID-19 vaccinations, practice good hand hygiene, consider masking in indoor public spaces, regularly disinfect shared surfaces, and consult healthcare professionals if needed.

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