CALGARY- Alberta Health Services has officially run out of flu vaccine, despite thousands of people still not getting their flu shot.
At 6:30 p.m. on Friday, all immunization clinics closed in Calgary and there are no plans to reopen them this season. However, some vaccine doses have been reserved for children who still require a second dose.
Health officials also have some of the vaccine in reserve, in the event of an outbreak.
“I guess it’s amazing to me that we even had shortages in this province,” mused Linda Parsons, who was waiting for a shot at the Brentwood clinic on Friday. “We’ve been through this before and here we are facing this again. Why is that?”
Officials say influenza continues to spread throughout Calgary, but it is best treated at home. People are also asked to do the following:
- Cover your mouth when sneezing or coughing
- Wash hands thoroughly, and often
- Stay home when sick