If you are aged 75 or older or have a chronic illness, you are considered at greater risk of hospitalization or death from the flu.
That’s why you should be vaccinated against both pneumococcus and flu.
Because of your health condition, complications from these infections can have serious health consequences, such as respiratory difficulties, pneumonia or even death.
Treatment of these complications may require a hospital stay of several days, even weeks, resulting in a loss of autonomy in some cases.
In the current context of the COVID-19 pandemic, it is possible that several respiratory viruses may circulate at the same time this fall.
Even if no vaccine is currently available against COVID-19, you can still protect yourself against other respiratory infections.
Vaccination is the best way to put all the chances on your side by protecting yourself against pneumococcal infections and flu!
In Québec, flu vaccine is offered free of charge to people who have a chronic disease, people aged 75 and over, as well as their informal caregivers and people living in the same household.
If you have never been vaccinated against pneumococcal infections, ask for the pneumococcal vaccine when you get your flu shot.
Adults usually only need a single dose of the vaccine in their lifetime to be protected.
For more information, contact your CLSC, your doctor, or your pharmacist, or visit the website at: Québec.ca/pneumocoque
Vaccination, the best protection!