Province offering flu vaccine next week
Anyone living in Alberta will be able to get the H1N1 shot for freestarting Monday, after the federal government announced yesterday theswine-flu vaccine has been approved for use in Canada.
Anyone living in Alberta will be able to get the H1N1 shot for free starting Monday, after the federal government announced yesterday the swine-flu vaccine has been approved for use in Canada.
People who may be at a higher risk for flu complications are urged to get the immunization as soon as possible, but there will be no screening at clinics to make sure those people are vaccinated before healthy people, said health officials.
Health officials in Alberta said yesterday they’re confident they will have enough doses of the vaccine to make it available to everyone at the same time.
“We expect the vaccine to arrive in shipments every few days over the next period of weeks, and given that there’s only so much vaccine we can deliver in any given day, we think we’ll have more than sufficient vaccine to keep the clinics going,” said Dr. Gerry Predy, senior medical officer of health for Alberta Health Services.
Alberta is expecting to have 400,000 doses on hand by Monday.
People should call clinics to make sure they are offering the vaccine and be ready to wait in line, said Predy.