We’re already in October that meaning the flu season is just around the corner. However, in Canada, the vaccine delivery met some delays, especially in the Alberta region. But that doesn’t have to influence you. So, get ready for the new flu season, despite the delays in influenza vaccine shipment.
At the moment, flu shots are dispatched to pharmacies and doctors in Alberta, with some delays, but you don’t have to worry about it. The vaccines will be there in time to immunize yourself for influenza.
“I’m here to say four words: get your flu shot. Getting your flu shot is important, and it’s a great way to try and protect yourself but to also protect vulnerable people who may be around you,’ stated Health Minister Tyler Shandro.
Despite The Delays In Vaccine Delivery, Get Ready For The New Flu Season
In 2018, about 1,317,659 residents of Alberta, Canada, got their influenza shots. This year, the health officials recommend everybody to get their vaccine. Last year, even though there were approximately 7,698 confirmed cases of influenza in Alberta, 52 deaths were recorded due to the flu.
“At this point, we don’t have any indication that we’re going to be any earlier than we were last year. In the southern hemisphere, it was not a severe flu season, so that’s good news,” said Dr. Deena Hinshaw from Alberta Health.
“We are aware that there have been some production issues with some manufacturers that supply the vaccine to Canada. So far, we have not had to delay any of our shipments out to pharmacies or physician offices for AHS, and we anticipate the large public clinics will go ahead on October 21st,” added Dr. Deena Hinshaw. Accordingly, on October 21st, the influenza vaccine would be available in pharmacies and clinics across Alberta province in Canada. So, get ready for the new flu season!