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With so much information out there on the flu, it's critical that we as parents know where to turn for accurate information.

Many of you probably followed my H1N1 vaccination saga over Twitter. It was about 6 hours, two kids, dozens of snacks, cold weather, several pee breaks (thank you to the nice restaurant owners) and the line that would never end. After everything, however, I don't regret the time spent because we were fortunate enough that the flu, although hitting our house, did so only mildly and left everyone no worse for wear.


After my several tweets about my day spent in line, many parents started emailing me with questions about where to find out flu information, latest health reports and clinic details. Whether it's H1N1 or the regular flu, as a parent, you need to ensure that you're accessing reliable information-- information that you can trust. In November, one of the top Google search terms was H1N1, but not all of those billion results were reliable, or even relevant.


The Ontario Ministry of Health is a great place to start your search for the flu information that you are looking for. On the Ministry of Health website you?ll find:

  • Details on the H1N1 vaccine
  • Clinic locations
  • Tools for self-assessment
  • Videos about H1N1
  • Latest press releases and flu-related research


Flu season is far from over, so if you need information, please see the links and phone numbers below.

For information about seasonal flu, H1N1 and pandemic preparedness Call the ServiceOntario INFOline at 1-800-476-9708 (Toll-free in Ontario)
TTY 1-800-387-5559
TTY (Toronto) 416-327-4282
Hours of operation : 8:30am - 5:00pm

To speak with a registered nurse

Visit Telehealth Ontario or call 1-866-797-0000
TTY: 1-866-797-0007
Hours of operation : 24 hours, 7 days a week

To find health care options in your community

Visit or call 1-866-330-6206.

To find a health care provider

If you don't have a health care provider, you can register for the Health Care Connect program. Visit or call 1-800-4



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