Regina clinic runs out of flu vaccine
High demand the cause, doctors say
Following a jump in demand for flu shots, doctors at a Regina clinic say they've run out and won't be vaccinating any more people.
The Broad Street Clinic south of 14th Avenue depleted its vaccine supply on Monday.
Public health officials will not be providing them with any more doses, family doctor Mark Cameron said.
"There has been a spike in demand," Cameron said.
"I think that coincided with the health district and the province announcing that there had been some patients who had contracted the flu and that it was the H1N1 and that several patients had passed away as a result."
Another community, Prince Albert, had to cancel a flu shot clinic after running out of vaccine. The province later arranged for it to get more.
Meanwhile, people were lined up in -25 C weather Tuesday night outside a flu clinic on the west side of Regina.
When Tiffany Dzubas went to a public clinic, she found the weather was so cold that she decided against waiting with her daughter for shots.
"I thought, there was no way I was going to wait outside with a two year old," Dzubas told CBC News. Instead, she plans to travel to Melville, a 90-minute trip, for a clinic on Friday.
In Saskatoon, public health is offering a drop-in clinic on Saturday at the West Winds Health Centre at noon.
That's because of the high demand.
In Regina, people can get shots at special clinics on Monday and Tuesday.
Six Saskatchewan people have died this flu season after contracting the influenza virus.
Some of them suffered from underlying health problems.
Provincial health officials have been urging everyone to get their shots.