#YouAsked: “I am at Risk for Complications from the Flu. Where can I Get the Free Flu Vaccine?”

Under the Government of Québec’s Flu Vaccination Program, the flu vaccine is offered free of charge to people who are most at risk of developing serious complications from the flu. The program aims to reduce hospitalizations and mortality in people who are most at risk. The program is not meant to prevent all cases of flu.

In people who are at risk, the flu can, for example, cause breathing difficulties, pneumonia or even death. Treatment of these complications may require a hospital stay of several days, or even several weeks, and result in a loss of autonomy for some older adults.

For those who are eligible for the free flu vaccine, the next vaccination campaign starts November 1st, but you can book your appointment today through the Portail Click Santé or by calling 819-966-6277 or toll-free 1-844-351-6277.

If you are not eligible for the free vaccine, you can still get vaccinated. Since the fee may vary, you can contact the vaccination clinic of your choice (CLSC, medical clinic or pharmacy) to find out how much it will cost.  To find out where to get vaccinated, go to the Government of Québec’s Webpage: Where to get vaccinated.


  • The flu is very contagious and can spread quickly and easily.
  • In Canada, an average of 12,200 hospitalizations and 3,500 deaths related to the flu occur each year (NACI Guide).
  • The viruses in the flu shot are either killed or weakened and cannot give you the flu.
  • Severe reaction to the vaccine are extremely rare.
  • If you do get the flu, the flu shot may reduce the severity of your symptoms.
  • By getting the flu shot, you protect yourself and others because you are less likely to spread the flu.
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