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The flu vaccine is now offered free of charge to the entire population.
Young children are more vulnerable than healthy adults. By vaccinating the whole family, we provide optimal protection.
Older people have a higher risk of developing complications related to influenza. Vaccination is highly recommended for this population.
The risks are higher during the 2nd and 3rd trimester and if the woman has concomitant illnesses. Vaccination is required in order to protect herself and her unborn child.
The flu is often mistaken for a cold or COVID. Although the symptoms are similar, the common cold is more frequent and common place than the flu or COVID. Common symptoms of influenza are:
|Fever||Common with sudden onset|
Temperature between 38°C and 40°C
(entre 100, 4°F et 104°F)
|Cough||Common with sudden onset||Common, but light to moderate with expectoration (phlegm)||Common going up to breathing difficulties|
|Headache||Common and often severe||Rare||Possible|
|Aches and pains||Common and often severe||Rare||Possible|
|Fatigue||Common and severe|
Duration: A few days or more
|Common, but mild||Possible|
|Nausea and vomiting||Common, but mild||Rare||Rare|
|New loss of smell or taste||Rare||Rare||Possible|
|Stuffy and runny nose||Rare||Common||Possible|
Source: World Health Organization
Although the decision to be vaccinated is personal, the benefits are wide-reaching to everyone around you. Indeed, beyond your own protection, vaccines also protect your parents, children, relatives, co-workers and all others who are either too young or too sick to receive vaccines, or for whom vaccines have not been effective.
It is recommended that all pregnant women, regardless of the stage of pregnancy, be vaccinated against the flu during periods of influenza activity (typically during wintertime). Pregnant women are more at risk for flu-related complications than other women, especially as the pregnancy progresses or if the woman has a chronic illness.