Quebec Lung Association reminds people to get their flu shot now

Two-thirds of Quebeckers did not get a flu shot last year

MONTREAL, Nov. 16, 2011 /CNW Telbec/ - One month after hosting Quebec's first public vaccination clinic in downtown Montreal, which welcomed over 500 people during business hours at Place Ville-Marie, the Quebec Lung Association (QLA) is reminding Quebecers to make time for their flu shot. According to a survey conducted by Léger Marketing between September 6 and September 8 of this year, 66% percent of Quebeckers did not get their flu shot last year.

"During the month of November two years ago, approximately 1.5 million Canadians missed work due to the flu. This is a highly contagious respiratory infection that results in 20,000 hospitalizations every year," said Dr. Gaston Ostiguy, Montreal Chest Institute respirologist and vice-president of the Quebec Lung Association. "Even if you are not worried about your own health, think about your family, friends and colleagues, particularly children and seniors, who may be vulnerable to the serious complications of the flu."

The Léger Marketing survey also revealed that:

  • 20% of Canadians are apprehensive about getting injected with a needle.
  • 22% of Quebeckers expressed interest in a paid concierge service to make it easier for them to get vaccinated against the flu.
  • Over 30% of Canadians said they would be more likely to get the flu vaccine if the needle was smaller and thinner.

"The Léger Marketing survey is in line with what we saw at our public vaccination clinic in Montreal," said Dominique Massie, Executive Director of the Quebec Lung Association. "We wanted to see if busy people would take the time to get vaccinated if we made it easy for them and if we offered a vaccine with a smaller, thinner needle that was less scary. The answer is yes. Demand for vaccinations was high and our own survey results showed that 62% of people who were vaccinated last year preferred the experience with the smaller, thinner needle. About 80% of respondents gave the experience a 10 out of 10."

The National Advisory Committee on Immunization (NACI) recently recommended the intradermal flu vaccine INTANZA® used at the QLA vaccination clinic in October.

About the Léger Marketing Survey

A web survey was conducted between September 6 and 8, 2011 among a representative sample of 1,510 English or French speaking Canadians, 18 years of age and older. Using data from Statistics Canada, the results were weighted according to gender, age, province, language spoken at home, education and whether or not minor children are present in the household to ensure a sample representative of the entire population under review.

About the Quebec Lung Association

Founded in 1938, the Quebec Lung Association is the only non-profit organization that promotes respiratory health and prevention of pulmonary disease through research, education and services. The Association helps and defends the rights of individuals who suffer from a pulmonary disease as well as the Quebec population as a whole.

SOURCE Association pulmonaire du Québec

For further information:

Dominique Massie
Executive Director
Quebec Lung Association
Tel: 514 287-7400 ext. 224
  Stephanie Lyttle / Roch Landriault
NATIONAL Public Relations
Tel: 514-843-2365 / 514-843-2345

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