The flu, its fame pushed aside by covid the last 2 years, is always with us and does pose a threat for certain categories of citizens.
That is why Dr. Éric Goyer, public health director for the Laurentians, invites residents to get a flu shot to protect themselves and their loved ones. On November 1st, the vaccination campaign will begin in the Laurentians region. Vaccination is the best protection against the complications of influenza. The influenza virus can weaken and cause serious consequences in people at high risk of hospitalization. In light of the recommendations of experts from the Institut national de santé publique du
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Québec (INSPQ), vaccination is strongly recommended and offered free of charge to people who are at
greater risk of developing complications. These groups are:
- children aged 6 months to 17 years with certain chronic diseases
- adults with certain chronic diseases (including pregnant women, regardless of the stage of their pregnancy)
- pregnant women in the 2nd and 3rd trimesters of their pregnancy
- people aged 75 and over
In order to reduce the risk of contamination, vaccination is also offered free of charge:
To relatives who live under the same roof with a child under 6 months old or to a person at
high risk of hospitalization or death as well as to their caregivers as well as health workers.
Vaccination is also free to children aged 6 to 23 months in good health and people aged 60 to 74 in good health.
The flu shot is available by appointment ONLY. As of now, residents can make an appointment online or by phone:
1. Online at clicsante.ca: select “Flu vaccine (Influenza)” and follow the instructions to
book your appointment.
2. By phone: dial 1 888 664-2555 Monday to Friday from 8 am to 8 pm, Saturday, Sunday
and holidays from 8:30 am to 4:30 pm. No appointment will be given at vaccination sites.
Pharmacies also offer shots
Several pharmacies in the region also offer flu shots. People can make an appointment
on clicsante.ca or by contacting the pharmacy directly for more information.
In order to make access to vaccination possible for all, the CISSS des Laurentides offers a free shuttle service to people with reduced mobility and / or having economic constraints in order to
accompany them to the vaccination sites. The Laurentian Integrated Health and Social Services Center (CISSS) reminds the population that the flu vaccine does not protect against COVID-19. For all eligible people, it is possible to receive the flu, COVID-19 and pneumococcal vaccination at the
same time, during the same appointment by checking with the vaccination teams.