Province limiting flu vaccinations after supply runs low

Staff ~ The Prince Albert Daily Herald
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With the province running extremely low on flu vaccinations, they’re narrowing their efforts on children under five years of age and pregnant women, only.

 

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“We know that there is a global vaccine supply issue and we continue to work with the Public Health Agency of Canada and our partners in other jurisdictions to secure additional vaccine,” the province’s deputy chief medical health officer Denise Werker said in a release.

“While more vaccine is expected to arrive in the coming days, we feel it is now necessary to focus our vaccination efforts on those at highest risk from H1N1.”

About 25 per cent of Saskatchewan residents have received influenza vaccinations since last fall, eating up the province’s supply of 280,000 doses.

The next shipment of vaccinations is expected next week, and will include a nasal spray influenza vaccine called FluMist, which is licensed for use in Canada for people from the ages of two to 59.

We know that there is a global vaccine supply issue and we continue to work with the Public Health Agency of Canada and our partners in other jurisdictions to secure additional vaccine Denise Werker

The Daily Herald is waiting on comment from the Prince Albert Parkland Health Region to find out how these changes will affect local vaccination efforts.

Earlier this week, the region’s communications officer noted a greater than usual demand for vaccinations.

Click HERE for the Jan. 8 story updating readers on the day’s vaccination news.

Check the Daily Herald website later today for updates to this story.

 

Organizations: Public Health Agency of Canada, Daily Herald

Geographic location: Saskatchewan, Canada

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