Why get vaccinated?
Frequently, each fall, we hear about the flu, also known under the name influenza.
The flu is a contagious disease that is easily transmitted. It can lead to serious complications that sometimes require hospitalization.
Did you know that there is a nurse available to give you a flu shot against the seasonal flu at your participating* Jean Coutu location?
Anyone over the age of 6 months can receive a flu shot. However, it is especially important to receive it if you are in one of the following groups**:
- Individuals over the age of 60
- Healthy pregnant women who are in their second or third trimester
- Pregnant women affected by certain chronic diseases, regardless of the stage of pregnancy
- Young children between the ages of 6 and 23 months
- Caregivers of young children under the age of six months
- Individuals affected by certain chronic diseases (heart or lung diseases, diabetes, kidney disorders, HIV, etc.)
- Individuals of all ages living in a reception centre or a long-term care facility
- Children or adolescents under long-term acetylsalicylic acid treatment
- Healthcare workers
- Individuals who are in frequent contact with persons with a high risk of complications
The nurse can answer any questions you may have about the flu shot for the seasonal flu. Moreover, she can administer the vaccine on-site and do a follow-up if necessary. Do not hesitate to find out more about this service from the pharmacy team.
* Offered in participating locations.
** Through provincial programs, the flu shot is offered free of charge in some vaccination centres for people at risk of presenting complications. Find out from your pharmacist if the flu shot is available free of charge at this particular location.