IH public flu clinics carry on

Novartis vaccine cancellation doesn't affect Interior Health's flu clinics.

  • Oct. 31, 2012 12:00 p.m.

In light of the recent temporary suspension of Novartis vaccine products (Agriflu and Fluad), Interior Health wishes to advise the public that public flu clinics will continue as scheduled.

Novartis products comprise less than 10 per cent of the vaccine supply in Interior Health. Interior Health has been using another vaccine product for the majority of this year’s influenza vaccination campaign which is not affected by the suspension. This product will also continue to be available through community vaccine providers such as doctors and pharmacists.

On Oct. 26, Health Canada issued a voluntary suspension of the use of Novartis influenza vaccines due to the presence of small particles found in the vaccines in Europe. The suspension is a precautionary measure. B.C. has temporarily suspended the use of these vaccine products.

IH is holding its annual Flu Clinics in Ashcroft on Oct. 31, Clinton on Nov. 1 and Cache Creek on Nov. 7 at the community halls.

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