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Vaccination against the seasonal flu 2020-2021

There is no vaccine against COVID-19, but there is against the flu!

This year, it is more than ever recommended to protect yourself!

The flu is highly contagious and nearly 7 million Canadians get it every year. 300 people per year die from it in Quebec. This year with COVID-19, it is more than ever recommended to protect yourself! Indeed, getting vaccinated can offer the advantage of being able to decide between flu and COVID in the event of symptoms.

The doctors and other health professionals of the Clinic invite the entire population to be vaccinated as quickly as possible. This is because it can take up to two weeks for the vaccine to be fully effective.

The following people are especially encouraged to get the flu shot because they have a much higher risk of complications, hospitalizations and death than other people:

  • People aged 75 and over;
  • People aged 6 months to 74 years with a chronic disease requiring regular medical monitoring (asthma, COPD, diabetes, cardiovascular disease, etc.)
  • Residents of all ages in residential and long-term care centers as well as intermediate resources;
  • Healthy pregnant women who are in the 2nd or 3rd trimester of pregnancy (13 weeks and older);

People living under the same roof as people belonging to the groups mentioned above and those who take care of them at home (natural caregivers) as well as health workers are also particularly advised to be vaccinated in order to do not infect vulnerable people with whom they may be in contact.

Get the flu shot at the Clinic

The vaccination will begin on the first week of November at the Clinic in the basement of Ash Avenue. However this year the pandemic which requires us to offer vaccination by appointment only. Please note that we plan to vaccinate more people this year! Everything will therefore be put in place to ensure that we can meet demand in a safe manner. More information will be available soon.

And do not forget !

Stay home if you are sick! Don't play the hero on your way to work if you have flu symptoms.

Influenza Vaccination: Myths and Facts

Here are some simple things you can do to prevent infection by one of the ’flu viruses:

  • Keep your hands clean by washing them regularly;
  • Cough and sneeze into the crook of your elbow;
  • Avoid touching your nose, eyes and mouth. These are points of entry for viruses and bacteria;
  • Since the viruses can survive on hard surfaces for at least 48 hours, clean surfaces touched by a person with the ’flu, for example, doorknobs, light switches, keyboards, computer mice, telephones and remote-control devices;
  • Avoid contact with people at risk if you have the ’flu.

Please note that the vaccine you received last year is no longer valid, because the flu virus changes every year.

You wish you a happy and healthy winter!

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