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Alberta offers flu spray, rather than traditional needle

Written by: QMI Agency
Nov. 15, 2012

FluMist, the nasal spray influenza vaccine, will now be offered to all eligible Albertans who request it at Alberta Health Services influenza immunization clinics, as well as through physicians and pharmacists.


EDMONTON - Albertans now have the option to sniff rather than getting needled when it comes to battling the flu.

The FluMist nasal spay influenza vaccine is now being offered to all Albertans who don’t want a needle jabbed into their arms.

The province offered the spray for the first time ever to those between the ages of two and 17 last month.

However, Alberta Heath says it made the decision to offer the nasal spray to all ages after realizing the population of that young age group was “lower than expected.”

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“We had expected there would be a higher demand for FluMist a month into our influenza immunization program,” said Alberta’s chief medical officer, Dr. James Talbot.

“However, as of early November, we have only administered about 38,000 doses of a total 150,000 available doses of FluMist. We want to make everyone aware of this option and encourage all Albertans to be immunized against influenza.”

Those with high risk for severe complications related to influenza - including children between the ages of six and 23 months, anyone over 65 years of age, pregnant women, and individuals with chronic medical conditions, including severe obesity - are encouraged to be immunized as soon as possible.

 

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