If you are in crisis, emotional distress, or at risk of suicide call 9-1-1, go to the local hospital emergency room, or call the mental health crisis line at 613-544-4229 or if you are a KGH staff member, contact Homewood Human Solutions at 1-800-663-1142. Someone is there to help.

It's not too late to get your Flu Shot!

Why KHSC Staff Get the Flu Vaccine...

The flu vaccine is still available to all employees, physicians, learners, volunteers, and contracted staff working in our hospital. The vaccine is safe and is the most effective way to avoid getting the flu and avoid passing it on to your family, your co-workers, and our patients. Be sure to drop by your Occupational Health Department.   

Location HDH Site:

Date and time: 

Occupational Health - Mary Alice 2

Monday through Friday 0900-1100 and 1300-1500

Drop by Occupational Health, Safety & Wellness in Armstrong 1 for your flu vaccination during walk-in hours 0700-0800 or 1230-1330 Monday to Friday. No appointment is necessary, or call ext. 4389 to make an appointment during business hours with one of the Occupational Health Nurses.

Location KGH Site:

Date and time: 

Occupational Health - Armstrong 1

Monday through Friday 0700-0800 and 1230-1330

For staff who obtain the flu vaccine outside of KHSC or those who are medically exempt:

1) If you receive your flu vaccine outside of the hospital, be sure to provide proof of your vaccination to your Occupational Health Department at KGH or HDH Site;

2) For the very small number of staff who cannot receive the flu vaccine due to allergy or another medical contraindication, documentation from your physician supporting your exemption from the flu vaccine should be provided to Occuptional Health.

Simple Steps to Prevent the Spread of the Flu

  • wash your hands regularly and follow the 4 moments of hand hygiene when working with patients
  • promptly dispose of used tissues in the waste basket or garbage and wash hands promptly
  • cough and sneeze into your shirt sleeve rather than your hands
  • get your Flu shot at one of the KHSC Staff Flu Immunization Clinics
  • get your family vaccinated at one of the upcoming Public Flu Vaccine Clinics in the Kingston area. 

Seasonal Influenza (Flu) Vaccine 

Seasonal influenza is a serious illness that infects millions of Canadians each year. Health experts are bracing for a potentially severe flu season after watching the Southern Hemisphere suffer through their flu season, noted for hitting seniors particularly hard. In one news report, the A(H3N2) strain of influenza was the main culprit. This gives us all the best reason to get vaccinated. An A(H3N2) strain is contained in the vaccine that Ontario residents will be receiving this year.

Find out how the flu vaccine is manufactured each year
Flu Vaccine Myths & Facts
Ottawa Influenza Decision Aid Tool       

Understanding the Influenza (Flu) Illness

It's important to understand the differences between Influenza and other less serious viral illnesses. While the Flu vaccine provides protection against 3 specific viral strains, it does not protect you against the common cold or stomach flu. Influenza illness is normally accompanied by fever, chills, body ache, weakness and fatigue that can last 2-3 weeks or more, and respiratory symptoms including chest discomfort, cough, and a sore throat. It is much worse than a cold and can lead to serious complications for those at risk.     

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