The Government of Quebec also recommends getting the flu vaccine. Subject to eligibility criteria, the flu vaccine is recommended and offered free to people who are at higher risk of complications:
- Children from 6 months to 17 years old who have certain chronic diseases
- Adults who have certain chronic diseases (including pregnant women regardless the stage of pregnancy; see the full list of Chronic Diseases Recognised Under the Program)
- Pregnant women, in the 2nd and 3rd trimesters of their pregnancy
- People aged 75 and over.
To reduce the risk of contamination, the flu vaccine is also offered free to:
- Family members who live in the same household of a child under 6 months of age or a person at higher risk of being hospitalized and to their caregivers
- Health care workers
Although this group is not at higher risk of complications, the flu vaccine is also free to:
- Children from 6 to 23 months old
- Healthy people from 60 to 74 years old
The Health Services team still encourages you to receive the vaccine. The flu shot reduces the number of healthy people who get the flu and flu-like illness, it contributes to herd immunity, and the benefits of getting the flu shot outweigh the risk of not getting it.
You can access the flu shot for-payment at a variety of locations. Check out:
- Pharmaprix's Flu Shot Finder,
- Jean Coutu's flu shot booking page,
- Private laboratories/clinics e.g. Biron laboratories and CDL labs,
- Call Info-Santé 811 to find the vaccination location nearest you.
Find reliable, evidence-based answers to common vaccine concerns from the Government of Quebec's Health Portal.