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Flu Vaccination Program

Eligibility

The vaccine is offered free of charge to people most at risk of developing complications due to their age or health condition. Depending on their age, these people may receive the injectable or intranasal vaccine.

People Eligible to Receive the Injectable Vaccine for Free

The injectable vaccine is given for free to the following people:

  • Children from 6 to 23 months
  • People with certain chronic diseases
  • Pregnant women with chronic diseases, throughout their pregnancy
  • Pregnant women in good health, in their 2nd and 3rd trimester of pregnancy
  • People aged 60 years old and over

In order to reduce the risks of contamination, the vaccine is also given free to other people:

  • Close relations of people listed above, including their caretakers
  • Close contacts of children less than 6 months old
  • Healthcare workers

People living in remote or isolated communities may also get vaccinated for free.

People Eligible to Receive the Intranasal Vaccine for Free

The intranasal vaccine is given for free to children from 2 to 17 years old:

  • Living with certain chronic diseases
  • Living with the following people:
    • Children from 6 to 23 months
    • People with certain chronic diseases
    • Pregnant women with chronic diseases, throughout their pregnancy
    • Pregnant women in good health, in their 2nd and 3rd trimester of pregnancy
    • People aged 60 years old and over

These children may also receive the injectable vaccine, instead of the intranasal vaccine. Both vaccines may be offered free of charge to them.

Chronic Diseases Recognised Under the Program

  • Chronic cardiac or pulmonary disorders severe enough to require regular medical attention or hospital care, including the following:
    • Bronchopulmonary dysplasia
    • Cystic fibrosis
    • Chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD)
    • Emphysema
    • Asthma
  • Chronic conditions such as:
    • Diabetes or other chronic metabolic disorders
    • Liver problems, including cirrhosis
    • Kidney problems
    • Blood disorders, including hemoglobinopathy
    • Cancer
    • Immunodeficiencies, including HIV infection
    • Immunosuppression caused by radiotherapy, chemotherapy and anti-rejection drugs
  • Medical conditions that may affect the ability to expel respiratory secretions and the ability to swallow, including the following:
    • Cognitive disorder
    • Spinal cord injury
    • Convulsive disorder
    • Neuromuscular disorders
    • Morbid obesity

Last update: November 8, 2016 3:05 PM

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