The Ministère de la Santé et des Services sociaux announces the beginning of this year’s flu vaccination campaign
Today marks the beginning of this year’s flu vaccination campaign. Public health authorities at the Ministère de la Santé et des Services sociaux (MSSS) urge individuals at risk of complications and people close to them to protect themselves against this infection by getting a flu shot. The vaccine is offered at no cost, and is the best way to prevent complications of the flu.
The vaccine is recommended and free for people at greater risk of complications
- Children aged 6 months to 17 years who have diabetes, a weak immune system, or a heart, lung or kidney disease
- Pregnant women in their 2nd or 3rd trimester
- Adults who have diabetes, a weak immune system, or a heart, lung or kidney disease (including pregnant women at any stage of pregnancy)
- People aged 75 or over
To reduce risks of contamination, the vaccine is also free for the following individuals
- People living with children under 6 months old or with someone at high risk of hospitalization or death, as well as their natural caregivers
- Healthcare workers
This year, the vaccine is again offered for free to the following people
- Healthy children aged 6 to 23 months
- Healthy adults aged 60 to 74 years
Flu-related complications include difficulty breathing, heart problems, sinus or ear infections, hospitalization or even death, for more vulnerable individuals.
Are you at risk of serious flu-related complications? Do you live with someone whose health can be affected if he or she were to get the flu?
- Media release - Ministère de la Santé et des Services sociaux - Le ministère de la Santé et des Services sociaux annonce le début de la campagne de vaccination contre la grippe saisonnière