Influenza Vaccination and Hygene

Vaccination is free for people with a high risk of complications as well as those who come into regular contact with these individuals.

Vaccination is free for
  • people 60 years and older
  • children aged between 6 and 23 months
  • people of all ages with certain chronic diseases
  • people who come into regular contact with the above-mentioned individuals
  • people who take care of children aged between 0 and 23 months
  • health care workers
To get your flu shot, contact your physician or the CLSC in your health and social services centre.

Hygiene Measures :Hand Washing

Hand washing is an effective way to reduce the spread of infection. However, this simple measure is too often neglected.

How to wash your hands effectively ?

Wash your hands often with ordinary soap and water. Antibacterial soap is not necessary.
  • Wet your hands.
  • Apply soap.
  • Rub your hands together vigorously for 15 to 20 seconds.
  • Wash all hand surfaces, including between your fingers and under your nails.
  • Rinse under running water.
  • Dry your hands with a paper towel or a clean towel.
  • Use the paper towel or the towel to turn off the faucets.
If a sink and running water are not available, use an alcohol-based hand rub (waterless cleaner) to clean your hands. Choose a product that contains at least 60% alcohol.

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Respiratory Hygiene

Respiratory hygiene consist of a set of behaviours for preventing the transmission of germs to others.
  • Cover your mouth with a tissue when coughing or sneezing. Wash your hands immediately after. If you do not have a tissue, cough into the crook of your elbow or against your inner upper arm, as these are parts of the body that do not come into contact with other people or objects.
  • Dispose of used tissues in a garbage bag, in a closed waste receptacle.
  • Avoid visiting seniors or people who suffer from a chronic illness if you are sick.
Source: Santé et Services sociaux - Québec (MSSS)