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Alberta's remaining H1N1 flu vaccine for outbreaks, small children

Alberta Health Services has a supply of less than 30,000 flu shots left.

Province expecting vaccine shipments from federal government

The Alberta government has a small amount of flu vaccine left, which they say will go towards children under the age of nine who need a second shot, or will be used in case of an outbreak. (Canadian Press)

Alberta Health Services has a supply of less than 30,000 flu shots left.

The remaining vaccine will be used for outbreaks and for kids under nine who need a second dose of the vaccine, wrote Alberta Health issues manager Timothy Wilson 

“More Albertans have been immunized this influenza season than any other regular flu season, making it the first time demand has outstripped supply,” wrote Wilson.

The province has secured up to three shipments of about 15,000 doses through the federal government. The shipments should begin this week.

AHS has tried to increase participation in its vaccine program since 2009, but has had leftover vaccines each year, according to Wilson.
 
“This year’s success marks an encouraging improvement that will help us prepare for the 2014/15 flu season,” he wrote.