The 2017 Flu Campaign begins on November 1, 2017. Despite the law banning user fees, some residents of Quebec remain eligible for free flu shots.
Under Quebec law, the injectable vaccine can be given free to the following people:
- Children from 6 to 23 months
- People with certain chronic diseases
- Pregnant women with chronic diseases, throughout their pregnancy
- Pregnant women in good health, in their 2nd and 3rd trimester of pregnancy
- People 60 years and older
In order to reduce the risks of contamination, the vaccine is also given free to:
- Close relatives of people listed above, including their caretakers
- Close contacts of children less than 6 months old
- Healthcare workers
- People living in remote or isolated communities.
The intranasal vaccine is given for free to children from 2 to 17 years old.
Students eligible for a free flu vaccine should monitor the Student Health Services website for the start of the annual campaign and then call to make an appointment with a nurse via a booked nursing appointment.
Get Your Flu Shot
All students are strongly encouraged to get a flu shot. You can purchase and have the vaccines administered in a variety of locations in Montreal. To find out where to get a flu shot, visit the Quebec government’s flu vaccination program. You can also call Info-Sante 811 by dialing 811 or visit vaccines411 to find the vaccination location nearest you.
Note: many locations might require you to make an appointment so it is best to call ahead.
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