Provinces and territories receive first shipments of the H1N1 vaccine: Official

An official with the Public Health Agency of Canada says provinces andterritories have already received the first shipments of the H1N1vaccine.

TORONTO — An official with the Public Health Agency of Canada says provinces and territories have already received the first shipments of the H1N1 vaccine.

The official, who did not want to be named, says the decision was made to allow local health officials to have immediate access to the vaccine once it is approved.

Northwest Territories, for example, has all the vaccine supply it needs, the official said late Sunday.

PHAC has said it plans to give local health authorities until early November to organize the vaccination program.

CBC TV News reported Sunday that the federal government is expected to approve the vaccine this week and have it ready for distribution within a couple of days.

But PHAC spokesman Robert Paterson says the plan to have the vaccine available in early November has not changed.

The early batches will be earmarked for pregnant women and very young children.

So far British Columbia has been the hardest hit with the second wave of the swine flu.

Health officials are concerned that similar outbreaks will happen in other parts of the country before a vaccine is available.

Timing is crucial since outbreaks last up to 12 weeks so the goal is to get the vaccine to as many people as they can before the worst over.

After vaccination, it takes up to two weeks to develop an antibody to the virus.

 
 
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