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Key messages resource to support child care/EarlyON service providers

  • With cold and flu season upon us, emergency room visits are increasing, especially with kids under 5. As a result, wait times are much longer than usual. 
  • Parents and guardians are encouraged to visit their primary care providers or local COVID, Cold and Flu Care Clinics for non-emergency situations. With extremely long wait times in hospitals, these clinics can ensure your child gets the care they need without sitting in the hospital for hours waiting to be seen. 
  • If you’re unsure if you need to take your child to the emergency room, you can:
  • It’s cold and flu season. Free flu shots are now available across Peel. You can get a flu shot at: 
    • Family doctors’ offices and walk-in clinics for adults and children over 6 months of age 
    • Participating pharmacies for adults and children 2 years or older 
    • If you don’t have a health card you can get the flu shot from a community health centre or at a local pharmacy. 
  • With COVID-19 still circulating in the community, it’s important to protect yourself and your children as much as possible. Vaccinating your child is the best way to reduce their risk of serious illness. Help protect your children from COVID-19 and get them vaccinated today. Learn more by visiting our website.
  • It’s extremely important to continue practicing other protective measures such as wearing a mask in indoor settings, hand washing, avoiding touching your face, and staying home when ill to help protect yourself and others from viruses that are circulating. Remember to mask for 10 days after being symptomatic or after close contact with a person with COVID-19 or COVID-19 symptoms.
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