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) and paid vaccination in the context of travel consultation.
As a result, some vaccines can not 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*
Tuberculin Skin Testing
Students are allowed to get a PPD test if they meet any of the following criteria:
· Exposure to tuberculosis (known exposure or notification by public health)
· Referral by a MD for PPD testing
· Pre/post travel to certain destinations (*please consult with our Info Nurse for clarifications on which destination – in person or by phone*)
Additionally, health science students are eligible if they answer yes to any of the following questions
· Born in Canada before 1976
· Born outside of Canada
· Received the BCG vaccine
· Known exposure/contact with active tuberculosis
· Have travelled 3 months or more cumulatively outside of the following countries:
· Canada, US, Australia, New Zealand, Germany, Austri,Belgium, Denmark, France, Greece, Ireland, Itlay, Luxembourg, Norway, Netherlands, UK, Sweden, Switzerland, Caribbean except Haiti and Dominican Republic
Note: If a screening PPD (on a healthy, unexposed person) is requested by an entity (e.g. university, program, etc.) outside the province of Quebec, we can no longer provide that service.
If students have already had TST screening in the past and now require an updated test, or study in a field other than health science and require testing, they will have to consult another clinic.
PPDs planted at other clinics can be read at Health Services.
If a student is not yet due for your tetanus booster (given every ten years) they will have to present to another clinic