Ministère de la Santé et des Services sociaux
An annual vaccination against the flu, also known as influenza, helps protect against infection. Influenza viruses mutate rapidly, which is why a new vaccine is administered each year based on the circulating virus strains.
The flu can cause serious complications, such as pneumonia, resulting in hospitalization and, in some cases, death, hence the importance of getting vaccinated. It is recommended that people at higher risk of developing complications due to their age or health, their close contacts, the close contacts of children under 6 months and healthcare workers get vaccinated.
The vaccine is safe and does not contain any live virus. As a result, it cannot transmit the disease. However, vaccination cannot protect you against innocuous infections such as colds, which are often mistaken for the flu.
In addition to getting vaccinated, you can avoid infecting others by adopting normal hygiene measures, such as hand washing and respiratory hygiene.
Anyone who wishes to reduce their chance of catching the flu.
Annual flu vaccinations generally start at the beginning of November.
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