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Québec Immunization Program


The Québec Immunization Program aims to improve the population’s health by offering certain vaccines for free. These vaccines protect against specific diseases. The Québec Immunization Program includes various free and voluntary vaccination programs.

The decision to offer a free vaccine as part of the Immunization Program depends on the analysis of several criteria based on the disease targeted by the vaccine, in particular relating to:

  • Its seriousness
  • Its consequences
  • Its frequency
  • The number of people that catch it
  • The population groups affected
  • The existence of other methods to prevent the disease
  • The effectiveness and safety of the vaccine
  • The objectives, for example, the urgency with which the disease needs to be controlled
  • The comparison between the costs of vaccination and the medical and social costs associated with the disease and its complications
  • Acceptance of the vaccine by the public and health professionals
  • The availability of human and financial resources
  • The availability of the vaccine

The Immunization Program includes ongoing monitoring and evaluation measures. Its application allows achievements to be quantified, problems to be discovered and resolved, and program to be adjusted as needed.

List of diseases covered by the Immunization Program

The vaccines currently offered in the Québec Immunization Program protect against the following illnesses:


Anyone living in Québec can receive some of the vaccines listed in the recommended immunization schedule for free.

Some people can also receive other vaccines for free due to their health, lifestyle or work. Consult your doctor or CLSC to find out which vaccines you are eligible to receive for free.


Vaccines covered by the Québec Immunization Program are given free of charge to eligible persons.

Other vaccines may be recommended. Some of these vaccines are not free.


The procedure to follow in order to get vaccinated varies by region.

To find out how to proceed and where to get vaccinated, contact your CLSC, your doctor or your pharmacist. To find their contact information, see the Finding a Resource section. You can also call Info-Santé 811 to find out the vaccination location nearest you.

Do not forget to bring your immunization record with you to your appointment. The immunization record is generally given at birth or at the first vaccination appointment. Information about the vaccines that have been administered will be entered in your vaccination record and in the Québec Vaccination Registry.

Make sure your vaccination is always up to date. If you go on a trip, you can also consult a vaccination clinic specializing in travel health. To find contact information for travel health clinics, contact your CLSC or your regional public health authority. You can also visit the Health Canada Travel Health This hyperlink will open in a new window. page.

Recommended immunization schedule

The Québec immunization schedule includes vaccines offered free of charge under the Québec Immunization Program. Other vaccines may be recommended due to health condition, lifestyle, work, activity or travel.

Several vaccines must be administered during childhood. To best protect your child, do not omit any vaccines and have them administered at the recommended ages. Children must receive their first vaccines at 2 months of age in order to be protected as soon as possible.

Principles for establishing the immunization schedule

For each vaccine, the immunization schedule is established according to the following principles:

  • The vaccine must be administered at the age when the risk of catching the disease is highest
  • The vaccine must be effective at the age when it is administered
  • The number of doses administered must result in short-term protection
  • The vaccine must be administered at the age when it causes the least symptoms
  • The need and timing for a booster must be evaluated to ensure long-term protection.

Immunization schedules by age group

Consult the immunization schedules below to find out at what age your child should receive vaccines that are essential for their protection. Your child must receive several doses of some vaccines to ensure long-term protection. These doses are called “booster doses”.

The new immunization schedule applies only to infants born on or after June 1, 2019. If your child was born before June 1, 2019, it is important to continue vaccination with the schedule that was recommended for them. Each schedule indicates the number of doses to be administered but also the interval between doses.

Immunization schedule for school-age children
Vaccine to prevent:Between 4 and 6 years of age4th year of primary school3rd year of high school




Diphtheria-tetanus-whooping cough-polio




Hepatitis A




Hepatitis B--X

Human papillomavirus








Meningococcal serogroups A, C, W and Y




Accessible version of the immunization schedule for school-age children

Immunization schedule for adults
Vaccine to prevent:Recommended age


65 years and older

Flu (fall/winter)

Every year from age 75

Whooping cough

Pregnant women of all ages, one dose during each pregnancy (ideally between the 26th and the 32nd week)


One dose at 50 years of age


75 years and older

People aged 18 years and older who are immunocompromised

Accessible version of the immunization schedule for adults

Last update: May 1, 2024


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