This website contains information about seasonal flu, including hygiene and prevention procedures, vaccination, symptoms, surveillance information, basic care, and other items of interest.
If you have flu symptoms, please follow the link below to consult the decision chart , which will help you take care of yourself.
The seasonal flu vaccine available in November
The 2012-2013 seasonal-flu vaccine contains the three strains most likely to circulate in winter, specifically A(H1N1), A(H3N2) and B.
Even if you were vaccinated against the seasonal flu last year, you must get this year’s vaccine for two reasons:
- The A (H3N2) and B strains included in this year’s vaccine are different from those in the 2011–2012 vaccine.
- Antibody levels fall about six months after the seasonal flu vaccine is given, especially in those with weakened immune systems.
New this year
This year, an intranasal vaccine called FluMist® will be provided free throughout Québec only to children age 2 to 17 at high risk for influenza-related complications. More effective in children than traditional injectable vaccines, this shot-free vaccine should be more easily accepted by children and their parents.
Vaccination is the best protection against flu complications. Get vaccinated!
To find out if you are eligible for free seasonal-flu vaccination, consult the list of people targeted by the free program.