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The most effective way to decrease complications and reduce the impact of the flu is to - get a preventative vaccine shot!

Flu Shot

The Influenza (also known as the flu) is a respiratory infection with symptoms that last between a week and 10 days. The flu can be spread through sneezing or coughing by spreading droplets to others. They can also be spread by contact with objects that have contracted the flu germs that can stay on surfaces form 2-8 days. Within flu season (Early fall and throughout the winter), the flu can spread quickly, affecting many people especially that they can be contagious before knowing that they have the flu. It is a serious infection that can pose a critical harm on the infants, seniors, and those with medical conditions.

Furthermore, with COVID precautions like wearing masks and social distancing, it is also a good precaution to take the flu shot so that you, your family as well as your community can continue to be healthy. The best way to prevent the flu even after is to have a yearly vaccination to protect against it as the flu changes from year to year, making vaccinations from previous years useless. We are offering flu shot vaccinations that will be safely administered to you and your family.

The North American vaccine is developed each year to work against three strains of influenza virus, based on trends seen in the Southern Hemisphere. The best time for vaccination is early October to mid-November. Anyone who is in contact with high-risk populations (including health care workers) should also receive the vaccine.

People who are not part of the high-risk groups but just want to avoid the flu can also get vaccinated. If you are currently sick with a low-grade fever, experts suggest that you should wait until you are better before you get the vaccine. If you do not have a fever, you do not have to wait.

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Medical supplies

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A prescription drug

A prescription drug (also prescription medication or prescription medicine) is a pharmaceutical drug that legally requires a medical prescription to be dispensed.

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Over the counter (OTC)

Over-the-counter (OTC) drugs are medicines sold directly to a consumer without a requirement for a prescription from a healthcare professional.

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FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS

What are the changes to OHIP+ program?

The Ontario government has announced changes to OHIP+ starting April 1, 2019. Children and youth age 24 and under who are OHIP-insured, but who do not have a private plan will be eligible.

What medications are covered by OHIP+?

OHIP+ completely covers the cost of more than 4,400 drug products that are currently available through the Ontario Drug Benefit Program, including:

  • Antibiotics to treat infections
  • Inhalers for asthma
  • Various insulins, oral diabetic medications and diabetes test strips
  • Epinephrine auto-injectors (e.g. EPIPENs®)
  • Medications to treat arthritis, epilepsy and other chronic conditions
  • Antidepressants
  • Attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) medications
  • Medications to treat some childhood cancers and other rare conditions

To find out if your medication is covered through the Ontario Drug Benefit Program visit www.ontario.ca/page/check-medication-coverage/ or contact us for more information.

Medications available through the Exceptional Access Program may also be covered if an individual qualifies

What is a private plan?

A private plan means an employer, group or individual plan, program or account, that could provide coverage for drug products, including facilitating the funding that could be used to pay for drug products, regardless of the following: 

  • the private plan covers the particular drug for which coverage is sought, 
  • the child or youth or another person under the private plan is required to pay a co-payment, deductible, or premium, or, 
  • the child or youth has reached their annual maximum under the private plan and no further coverage is available.
What about medications not covered under OHIP+?

If the prescribed medication is not covered by OHIP+, your Guardian or I.D.A. pharmacist may be able to recommend alternative medications that are covered by OHIP+.
If you have private insurance, some drugs not covered by OHIP+ may be covered by your insurance plan.

The Exceptional Access Program (EAP) may enable access to some medications for which no appropriate alternative is covered by OHIP+. Your healthcare provider is required to submit a request on your behalf. If approved, the full cost of the medication will be covered. Visit www.ontario.ca/page/applying-exceptional-access-program for more information on EAP.

How do I get an Ontario health card?

An Ontario health card is required to receive OHIP+ coverage.  For more information on getting an Ontario health card, visit www.ontario.ca/page/health-cards or contact a ServiceOntario Centre at 1-800-268-1154 (toll-free in Ontario only), 416-314-5518 (Toronto and GTA) or 1-800-387-5559 (toll-free TTY).

If my child is entitled to receive drug benefits through Ontario Works or the Ontario Disability Support Program, will they be fully covered, or will they have a co-pay? si?

Children and youth age 24 and under who are eligible for the Ontario Drug Benefit (ODB) Program because they receive social assistance benefits, regardless of whether they have a private plan, will maintain their benefits through the ODB Program with no co-pay and no deductible.

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