Santé Montréal

Flu vaccination: 2019–2020 campaign

The flu vaccine is the best protection against the flu and its complications.

People aged 75 years and over as well as people with chronic diseases are at higher risk of serious complications from the flu. 

Get vaccinated for free if you or a loved one is at risk of serious complications from the flu.

People who can get free flu shots  

People at risk of serious complications and their family members

  • People aged 6 months and over who have certain chronic diseases such as diabetes, immunity disorders, and heart, lung or kidney diseases
  • Pregnant women with certain chronic illnesses, regardless of stage of pregnancy
  • Pregnant women in good health, in their 2nd or 3rd trimester of pregnancy
  • People aged 75 or over
  • Natural caregivers and people living in the same household as individuals at greater risk of developing complications
  • People living with children under 6 months old
  • Healthcare workers

Other people eligible for free flu shots

  • Healthy adults aged 60 to 74 years
  • Healthy children aged 6 to 23 months

IMPORTANT: Recent studies have shown that these two groups are not at higher risk of flu-related hospitalization and death than the rest of the healthy population. Therefore, flu vaccination is no longer recommended, but is still offered for free this year.

Category Illness or condition
Chronic cardiac or pulmonary disorders severe enough to require regular medical attention or hospital care  
  • Bronchopulmonary dysplasia
  • Cystic fibrosis
  • Chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD)
  • Emphysema
  • Asthma
Chronic conditions  
  • Diabetes or other chronic metabolic disorders
  • Liver problems, including cirrhosis
  • Kidney problems
  • Blood disorders, including hemoglobinopathy cancer
  • Immunodeficiencies, including HIV infection
  • Immunosuppression caused by radiotherapy, chemotherapy and anti-rejection drugs (transplant)
Medical conditions that may affect the ability to expel respiratory secretions and the ability to swallow  
  • Cognitive disorders
  • Spinal cord injuries
  • Seizure disorders
  • Neuromuscular disorders
  • Morbid obesity

Where to get a free flu shot

To make an appointment and to find out where and when you can get vaccinated, click on your CIUSSS’s Web page:

South-West residents can also get the flu shot at Clinique communautaire Pointe-Saint-Charles:

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Last Update : 05 March 2020