Advice for the Community

Stay healthy using a layered approach

Protect yourself, those around you and our health care system from respiratory viruses by using "layers of protection". Using layers of protection helps lower your risk of getting and spreading infection.

For the best protection, Public Health recommends all individuals stay up-to-date on their vaccines, including vaccines against COVID-19 and the flu, and wear a mask.

Layers of protection

Those at higher risk of severe outcomes

While anyone can get really sick from viruses like COVID-19, the flu and RSV (respiratory syncytial virus), some people are more at risk of a severe outcome, such as hospitalization or even death, from getting infected. This can be due to factors such as age or having an underlying medical condition. Social factors, like income status, can also put people more at risk.

By using layers of protection, we not only help protect ourselves but also the most vulnerable people in our community, such as children, the elderly and those with underlying medical conditions. If you are someone who may be at higher risk of a severe outcome from an infection, it is all the more important to use layers of protection to help stay healthy.

Learn who is most at risk of severe outcomes for COVID-19, the flu, and RSV.

International travel advice

See the Public Health Agency of Canada's travel advice for international travel and COVID-19.

If you were vaccinated in Ontario, learn about getting your proof of vaccination.

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