North York Toronto Health Partners
Cold, COVID and Flu Season Resources
Stay informed this cold, COVID and flu season with the latest resources and information to help you provide care and keep safe and well.
COVID-19 vaccine, testing, therapeutics Influenza vaccine RSV vaccine Toronto Public Health Vaccine Summary Table Personal protective equipment (PPE) Patient resources Mental health support resources for health care professionals
COVID-19 vaccine, testing and therapeutics
Vaccines are available through:
Health care providers enrolled in TPH’s COVID-19 vaccination program
Homebound COVID-19 vaccinations
New referrals are required and there is an emphasis on ensuring clients are truly homebound as staffing resources are limited this year.
Free rapid antigen tests are available at some locations in Toronto.
Publicly funded PCR or rapid molecular testing are available for selected eligible groups.
Refer eligible groups with COVID symptoms to COVID assessment centers and/or testing locations.
Organizations must apply annually to provide vaccines through the MOH’s UIIP unless they receive other publicly funded vaccines (excluding the COVID-19 vaccine).
NACI guidelines are still pending.
Arexvy is publicly funded in Ontario for those 60 years and older living in long-term care homes, Elder Care Lodges, and for some retirement home residents.
Arexvy is available to purchase from community pharmacies with a doctor’s prescription.
Respiratory Syncytial Virus (RSV): vaccines in adults 60 years of age and older| Toronto Public Health
Some links you may find helpful for patients and families regarding viral illnesses during the cold season.
Tips for managing symptoms at home - advice for parents and caregivers
Respiratory Viruses: Information for Parents & Caregivers | Toronto Public Health
Cough | AboutKidsHealth
Fever | AboutKidsHealth
Flu | AboutKidsHealth
Viral gastroenteritis | AboutKidsHealth
Flu (influenza): Get your flu shot | Public Health Agency of Canada
The flu | Ontario Ministry of Health
Influenza (Flu) Fact Sheet | Toronto Public Health
COVID-19: What to Do if You Have Symptoms | Toronto Public Health
Respiratory Syncytial Virus (in children) | Ontario Ministry of Health
Respiratory Syncytial Virus (RSV): vaccines in adults 60 years of age and older | Toronto Public Health
Working on the frontlines takes a toll.
Feelings of stress, grief or burnout are all normal responses under these conditions. Ontario Health has created materials to raise awareness about mental health supports tailored to health care workers’ needs during this challenging time.
You can use these resources to:
Click here to access the resources.