Making a vaccination appointment
Some vaccination centres allow you to get the flu and COVID-19 vaccinations both at the same time. The centres offering this service are indicated on the online appointment page. To find out more, see the page Flu and COVID-19 vaccination.
If you are in the Nunavik region, call your health centre . If you are in the Terres-Cries-de-la-Baie-James region, visit the Cree Board of Health and Social Services of James Bay website.
The flu vaccine is offered free of charge to anyone aged 6 months and older.
The vaccine is recommended to people who are at higher risk for complications.
- People aged 75 years and older
- People aged 6 months and older who have certain chronic diseases (including pregnant women, regardless of the trimester)
- Pregnant women in their 2nd and 3rd trimesters.
To reduce the risk of infecting people susceptible to complications, vaccination is also recommended to:
- Family members living in the same household as a child under 6 months of age
- Family members living in the same household as someone aged 75 years and older, people living with certain chronic diseases and pregnant women
- Informal caregivers for people aged 75 years and older, people living with certain chronic diseases and pregnant women
- Healthcare workers
Chronic diseases increasing the risk of complications
The vaccine is recommended to anyone living with any of the chronic diseases listed below because their disease makes them more vulnerable to complications from the flu.
- Chronic cardiac or pulmonary disorders severe enough to require regular medical attention or hospital care, including the following:
- Bronchopulmonary dysplasia
- Cystic fibrosis
- Chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD)
- Chronic conditions such as:
- Diabetes or other chronic metabolic disorders
- Liver problems, including cirrhosis
- Kidney problems
- Blood disorders, including hemoglobinopathy
- 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, including the following:
- Cognitive disorder
- Spinal cord injury
- Convulsive disorder
- Neuromuscular disorders
- Morbid obesity
About the vaccination program
The Flu Vaccination Program aims to reduce hospitalizations and mortality in people who are most at risk. The aim is not to prevent all cases of flu.
In people who are at risk, the flu can, for example, cause breathing difficulties, pneumonia or even death. Treatment of these complications may require a hospital stay of several days, or even several weeks, and result in a loss of autonomy for some older adults.
Under the program, a vaccination campaign is held annually.