A call for vigilance from the Laurentians Public Health Department

The Public Health Department of the Laurentians Integrated Health and Social Services Center (CISSS) invited the population to redouble caution in the face of the increased circulation of various respiratory infections observed throughout Quebec.

Due to age, chronic illness, or immunosuppression, some people are at risk of developing complications from infection with a respiratory virus, such as influenza, COVID-19, and the Respiratory Syncytial Virus (RSV). In addition, infection with pneumococcal bacteria can occur following infection with a respiratory virus. Consequently, public health invites North Shore residents to remain vigilant and take 


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the right steps to prevent the transmission and spread of respiratory infections in order to protect 

the most vulnerable. 

In case of respiratory symptoms, follow these recommendations:

If you have a fever, stay home;

If you have a cough, sore throat or stuffy nose, wear a mask.

In busy public places, it is also recommended to wear a mask.

At all times, wash your hands, as frequent washing helps limit the spread of infections.

Vaccination is the best way to protect yourself and others

Dr. Éric Goyer, director of public health for the Laurentians, reminded the population that it is also important to ensure that the recommended vaccinations against an infection are up to date and, if necessary, to get a dose of the vaccine against COVID-19, influenza and pneumococcal disease for those who are at high risk of complications.

“We are monitoring the evolution of respiratory infections very closely. While the entire province 

is experiencing the flu season, because of a significant circulation of respiratory viruses which particularly affect young children as well as an increase in COVID-19, we encourage the population to apply protective measures in order to help them preserve their health and that of their loved ones. We would like to remind you that vaccination remains the best way to protect yourself and we  invite the population at risk to be vaccinated according to public health recommendations,” said Dr. Éric Goyer, director of public health for the Laurentians. 

The flu vaccine does not protect against COVID-19. For all eligible persons, it is possible to receive the flu, COVID-19 and pneumococcal vaccination during the same vaccination session. There is no time limit between these vaccines. Here is where to get vaccinated in the Laurentians and how to make an appointment:

At vaccination sites:

Make an appointment at clicsante.ca

 By phone at 1 888 664-2555, Monday to Friday from 8 a.m. to 6 p.m.

To receive vaccines against COVID-19 and the flu during a same visit, just call 1 877 644-4545

In some pharmacies: 

Make an appointment on clicsante.ca

By contacting the pharmacy directly

For more information on vaccination against COVID-19 and seasonal flu in the region, 

consult santelaurentides.gouv.qc.ca under the heading “Care and services” and vaccination.