Flu clinics resume in the Saskatoon Health Region
The Saskatoon Health Region resumes their flu shot clinics Thursday.
This comes after Health Canada has lifted their hold on the Novartis-brand vaccine that was being tested for effectiveness.
Distribution and vaccinations were stopped Friday night after the company found some batches of the vaccine in Europe were experiencing clumping.
Health Canada looked at results of their tests and conducted a health risk assessment, before deciding there were no safety issues.
Early this morning, Health Canada advised health care professionals that they vaccines could be used again.
There is no need for people who received the vaccine already to be re-immunized.
The Saskatoon Health Region has three major immunization clinics for this week:
- Thursday in Humboldt at St. Augustine Parish Centre, from 1 p.m. to 7 p.m.
- Friday in Saskatoon at the Lakewood Civic Centre, from 9:30 a.m. to 7:30 p.m.
- Saturday in Wadena at the Farmer’s Market, from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.
According to a media release, the region plans to reschedule clinics in Bruno, Leroy, Wishart and Waldheim, in senior high rises and at Cosmopolitan Industries in the next few weeks.
Beginning on Nov. 5, people will need to get an appoint to get the flu vaccine by calling 655-4FLU or through rural public health offices.
Across the province, flu clinics are re-opening and regions working to catch up with those missed.
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