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Questions about the postponed influenza immunization clinics? Click here to read more information from the Ministry of Health.


October 26, 2012

All public influenza immunization clinics in Saskatchewan are on hold until further notice. The decision follows a Health Canada recommendation that flu vaccine made by the pharmaceutical firm Novartis not be used pending a review of the discovery of clumping of particles in the vaccine in Europe.

The Public Health Agency of Canada indicates it has received no reports of unexpected adverse events related to these vaccines.

“People who have had the influenza vaccine should not be unduly concerned. We are taking a precautionary measure while this review is underway,” Saskatchewan's Chief Medical Health Officer Dr. Saqib Shahab said. “Influenza vaccine is an effective way to stay healthy during the flu season. Our program will resume once the Health Canada review is completed.”

More information is also available from Health Canada at http://www.hc-sc.gc.ca/ahc-asc/media/advisories-avis/_2012/2012_162-eng.php

Updated information regarding future influenza immunization clinics in Saskatchewan will be provided when available.

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For more information, contact:
Kimberly Kratzig
Communications Branch
Saskatchewan Health
Phone: (306) 537-3596 (cell)

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