Santé Montréal

Vaccination

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Description

Vaccination consists of introducing into the body an outside agent (the vaccine) which causes the immune system to produce means of defending against an infection, without actually causing the disease.

Vaccines stimulate our defence cells to produce substances called antibodies in what is an entirely natural protective reaction. These antibodies protect a vaccinated individual against disease caused by real germs.

Vaccinations:

  • are not mandatory in Canada, but they are strongly recommended; and
  • are free-of-charge in most cases

Why get vaccinated?

Vaccines stimulate our defense cells to produce substances called antibodies in what is an entirely natural protective reaction. These antibodies protect a vaccinated individual against diseases.

Vaccinations are your best protection against many serious illnesses. Do not hesitate to get yours and make sure your children and relatives are vaccinated. Basic vaccines for children are offered free of charge at your CLSC. Contact your CSSS for details on who qualifies for what type of vaccine and how to go about getting an appointment. 

Health booklet

The parent or adult who accompanies a child on the first visit for a vaccination receives a health booklet from the person who administers the vaccine. All vaccines and booster shots are recorded in this booklet. Consult the "Child vaccination" page on the Services Québec website for more information.

For more information on vaccination, see the Government of Québec's on-line Health Guide

To find out which vaccines are recommended under the Québec Immunization Program, see Québec's regular vaccination schedule

*Other vaccines are free of charge, subject to certain conditions. 

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Symptoms

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When to Consult

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Complications

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Protection and prevention

What diseases do you need to get vaccinated for and when?

A vaccination schedule and data sheets on the vaccines are available on the website of the MSSS.

Twelve of the vaccine data sheets are also available in Arabic, Chinese and Spanish:

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Risk factors

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Help and Resources

Vaccines for travellers

For more information, see the Health information for travellers.

Flu vaccine

Visit Flu vaccination section.

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Treatment

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People at Risk

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Dernière mise à jour le : 2017.10.27