Health

H1N1 flu clinic update (09/10/30)

NB 1707

Oct. 30, 2009

FREDERICTON (CNB) - New Brunswick and other Canadian jurisdictions are anticipating a lower-than-expected supply of H1N1 flu vaccine shipped during the next week from the federal government.

The reduced shipments are due to a decision by GSK, the Canadian manufacturer of the H1N1 vaccine, to temporarily dedicate a production line to produce the unadjuvanted vaccine.

A number of previously scheduled clinics throughout the province have been cancelled, and will begin to be rescheduled as details of the next federal shipment are known.

During the next week the Department of Health will be focusing in a much more concerted way to ensure that priority groups, particularly children, are getting vaccinated.

New Brunswickers are encouraged to frequently check clinic listings at www.gnb.ca/flu during the next few weeks to see the most up-to-date clinic listings. Prior to leaving for a clinic, individuals are advised to ensure that the details have not been updated or changed.

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MEDIA CONTACT: flumedia@gnb.ca; Danielle Phillips, media relations, H1N1 Pandemic, Department of Health, 506-444-3821.

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