Doctors recommend getting the flu shot as early as possible.
This year health experts have warned there is an even stronger strain of flu around, which resulted in a large increase in cases of flu in Australia in recent months.
Public health is distributing the vaccine to physicians now, public health said, while pharmacies will receive the vaccine from the province in November.
"If you are age 65 or older, contact your family doctor or come to a Public Health clinic to receive the high dose senior's vaccine", Dr. Mercer said.
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"It takes two weeks for the vaccine to take effect", said Jennifer Mertle, a certified nurse practitioner from Franciscan Health.
This year, the vaccine will contain four different antibodies for the strands being seen, and there aren't any live viruses in the flu shot.
The Department of Health has taken the warning seriously in its extension of the free flu vaccine to be available to significantly more people than usual. "Most of the people who die from the flu are typically really young people or older people. or people who don't have great immune systems".
Cennimo: Common symptoms include fever, chills, cough, sore throat, runny or stuffy nose, muscle or body aches, headaches, fatigue, vomiting and diarrhea.
Professor Jonathan Van Tam, Deputy Chief Medical Officer for England, said: "Flu is a potentially fatal illness and one that can spread quickly". People with other chronic conditions also fare worse when they have the flu. People also should avoid congregating in public settings when they are ill to minimize the risk of infecting others. It can also be spread when a person touches surfaces that are infected with the virus (e.g., toys, cell phones, and doorknobs).