Santé Montréal

Flu vaccination

2017–2018 campaign

This year’s flu vaccination campaign begins on November 1, 2017 and runs throughout the winter of 2018.

Vaccination is the best way to protect yourself from the flu and its complications.

The vaccine is also offered to the contacts of people at risk of complications.

Where to get the flu shot in Montréal?

For information about the 2017- 2018 flu vaccination campaign in your district:

Appointments, dates and vaccination schedules, sites...

CIUSSS de l’Ouest-de-l’Île-de-Montréal CIUSSS du Nord-de-l’Île-de-Montréal CIUSSS du Centre-Ouest-de-l’Île-de-Montréal CIUSSS du Centre-Sud-de-l’Île-de-Montréal CIUSSS de l’Est-de-l’Île-de-Montréal

Who is targeted?

The flu vaccine is especially recommended for people with chronic illnesses and older adults.

In other words, these people can be family members or coworkers. Get vaccinated, for yourself, your family and your friends!

People eligible for the free flu shot

Injectable vaccine is given for free to the following people:

  • Children aged 6 to 23 months
  • People with certain chronic illnesses
  • Pregnant women with chronic illnesses, throughout their pregnancy
  • Pregnant women in good health, in their 2nd and 3rd trimester of pregnancy
  • People  aged 60 or over

To reduce the risks of contamination, the vaccine is also free for other people:

  • Close relations of people listed above, including their caretakers
  • Close contacts of children under 6 months old
  • Healthcare workers

People living in remote or isolated communities can also get vaccinated for free

People eligible for the free intranasal vaccine

Intranasal vaccine is given for free to children aged 2 to 17 who are

  • living with certain chronic illnesses,
  • living with people in the vulnerable groups listed above.

These children can get the shot instead of the intranasal vaccine. Both vaccines can be offered to them free of charge.



Health conditions montréalaise under the program

Chronic diseases recognized under the program

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
  • Emphysema
  • Asthma

The following chronic conditions:

  • Diabetes or other chronic metabolic disorders
  • Liver problems, including cirrhosis
  • Kidney problems
  • Blood disorders, including hemoglobinopathy
  • Cancer
  • Immunodeficiencies, including HIV infection
  • Immunosuppression caused by radiotherapy, chemotherapy and anti-rejection drugs

Medical conditions that may affect the ability to expel respiratory secretions and the ability to swallow, including the following:

  • Cognitive disorders
  • Spinal cord injuries
  • Convulsive disorders
  • Neuromuscular disorders
  • Morbid obesity

Find out more: Santé mieux-être portal

The vaccine

The flu vaccine is given in a single shot (injectable vaccine) or as a nasal spray (intranasal vaccine).

The flu vaccine’s composition is reviewed each year to include the strains of the virus most likely to be going around during the flu season.

It takes about two weeks before the vaccine is fully effective.

Flu vaccine is safe. It cannot transmit the flu or other illnesses. 

For more information: Santé mieux-être portal and the flu.

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