September 5, 2014 10:40 am

Sask. health officials confident the province has enough flu vaccine

Saskatchewan health officials are confident they'll have enough vaccine for the upcoming flu season, despite word from a major supplier of a production problem.

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REGINA – Saskatchewan health officials are confident they’ll have enough vaccine for the upcoming flu season, despite word from a major supplier of a production problem.

G-S-K, formerly GlaxoSmithKline, says it won’t be able to fill about 30 per cent of its Canadian order.

Doctor Saqib Shahab, Saskatchewan’s chief medical health officer, says that volume only represents about eight to ten per cent of the province’s order.

“We have been ordering from three different manufacturers until last year, and now from four manufacturers. So at this point, we don’t anticipate any crunch in terms of any pressures on our ability to start flu clinics on time,” said Shahab.

He says there were 320-thousand flu shots in Saskatchewan last year and that 450-thousand doses have been ordered for this year.

Alberta Health minister Fred Horne says the province should be O-K for its initial shipment.

© The Canadian Press, 2014

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