Infectious diseases are caused by a variety of organisms including bacteria, viruses, parasites and fungi. The purpose of vaccines is to prime the body so that it can respond immediately upon infection and prevent or minimize the damage that can be caused.
In this section you will find a list of the vaccines that are most relevant to - and recommended for - the average university student. The page for Health Science students also covers those vaccines that are required for Health Science students to complete their clinical requirements. All vaccines listed are available at Student Health by making an appointment with a nurse.
On January 26, 2017 the Québec government created new rules with regards to accessory fees which prohibit us from dispensing certain vaccines and providing certain services. We can only provide free vaccination following the provincial vaccination guidelines (Protocole d’immunisation du Québec and the Programme québécois d'immunisation). Vaccines required for travel and health care students' requirements will be at the cost of the student.
As a result, some vaccines cannot be purchased at our clinic yet can be administered by our nursing staff (by appointment). Please consult the table below before booking an appointment.
Vaccination costs & Health Insurance coverage
While the Department of Public Health covers the cost of many immunizations, this is not true in all cases. Some vaccines - especially those associated with travel - are provided for a fee (to be paid by debit or credit only). As such, it is important to note the amount of Vaccination Coverage your Supplemental Health Insurance plan includes.
See MD at Student Health Services for prescription (ask for a “Vaccine Prescription” appointment when booking).
After purchasing the vaccine from the pharmacy a student may return to SHS (during a regular nursing appointment) or may present to another site (e.g. a pharmacy offering the service) to have the dose administered by a nurse. Students must ensure that they have instructions from the pharmacy on transport and storage of vaccines until the nurse appointment.
Students eligible for free vaccination (no MD prescription required):
Gardasil: Women under 18 years of age before starting the vaccinations series or men under 26 years of age who report having male sexual partners may be booked with an RN at their earliest availability as these are covered under the PIQ guidelines
Twinrix: if travelling to a destination that requires it, men who report having male sexual partners and injection drug users may be booked with an RN at their earliest availability as these are covered under the PIQ guidelines
*If you meet any of these criteria please inform our frontline services when booking that you are eligible for free vaccination*