Regina runs out of flu vaccine after Sunday clinic
The city's 700 remaining doses used by Sunday evening
The city of Regina is completely out of injections after its last 700 flu vaccines were administered to women and children at a clinic Sunday.
The Regina Qu'Appelle Health Region announced last week it would hold a clinic Sunday to provide vaccinations to eligible people who made appointments ahead of time.
On Jan. 10, the province limited flu shots to pregnant women, women who have given birth within the prior four weeks and children between six months and five years of age. The measure was aimed to conserve shots for those at the highest risk of contracting the flu.
Robin Warren was at the Regina clinic Sunday with her four year old son. She said getting the vaccine has been a frustrating experience.
"It's been such mixed messaging," said Warren. "One day they say that they're going to have enough vaccine for anybody who wants it, the next day they're saying 'No there isn't enough, we'll only do high-risk groups.'"
Warren said the hardest part is not being able to have her seven-year-old daughter vaccinated. Her family was sick in the fall and couldn't get the flu shot then, she said.
"So now I have some fear of her going to school, contracting it from kids there who haven't been vaccinated," she said.
The province said it will be getting a shipment of 12,000 nasal spray versions of the vaccine early next week. The spray cannot be used by pregnant women, children six months to 23 months or those who have compromised immune systems.
"The shipment that is arriving next week is a new vaccine, that we have not used. It has been used in other jurisdictions. It's called Flu Mist," said Dr. Denise Werker, Saskatchewan's deputy chief medical health officer.
"It's a vaccine that has been recommended by the national advisory committee on immunization to give preferentially to children who are two to eight [years old]."
The drop-in clinics that had originally been planned on Monday and Tuesday in Regina have now been cancelled.