Vaccination against the flu

Vaccination is the best prevention to prevent the spread of the highly contagious influenza virus.

Your pharmacist owner affiliated to the Jean Coutu network is happy to offer you health services adapted to your needs.

Protect your health and that of your loved ones! Get your flu vaccination.

According to your province, several Jean Coutu affiliated pharmacies offer the possibility to meet with a nurse or a pharmacist to administer the flu vaccine on site.

WHY GET VACCINATED?

Although, seemingly innocuous, the flu is associated with serious complications and to numerous deaths each year.

The flu often includes stronger symptoms: extreme fatigue and weakness, fever and shivering, pain and muscle soreness, and general malaise. Additionally, it can lead to other complications (bronchitis, pneumonia, sinusitis, otitis, etc.), which sometimes require hospitalization. In the most serious cases, it can lead to death.

WHO MUST BE VACCINATED?

The flu shot should be seriously considered for everybody over the age of six months, even those who travel to warm countries during winter.

However, it is particularly important to receive it if you are in one of the following groups:

  • People over the age of 60
  • Healthy, pregnant women in the second or third trimester
  • Pregnant women affected by certain chronic illnesses, regardless of the stage of pregnancy
  • Young children between the ages of 6 and 23 months
  • People taking care of a baby under the age of six months
  • People affected by certain chronic illnesses (heart or lung diseases, diabetes, kidney diseases, HIV, etc.)
  • People of all ages living in a reception centre or long-term care facility
  • Children or adolescents on long-term acetylsalicylic acid therapy
  • Healthcare workers, and
  • People who are in frequent contact with individuals with a high risk of complications

Under provincial programs, the flu shot is provided free of charge in certain vaccination centres for people who are particularly at risk.

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