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Guelph and area flu shots still a go

Local flu shot clinics will go ahead as scheduled in spite of a recent Health Canada recommendation to suspend distribution of certain seasonal flu vaccines.
Wellington Dufferin Guelph Public Health is following the recommendation to stop distributing vaccines Agriflu and Fluad, but “our flu clinics will still be running,” said Public Health communications manager Chuck Ferguson.
Only about 18 per cent of Ontario’s flu vaccines are of the type that is being suspended, said Ferguson.
Local vaccination clinics will use two other vaccines made by a different manufacturer, he said.
The suspension of Agriflu and Fluad is based on Health Canada’s assessment of the voluntary suspension of their use in Europe pending further examination of white floating material discovered clumping in the vaccines, a news release said.
To date, the Public Health Agency of Canada, which monitors for adverse events following immunization, has received no reports of serious or unexpected adverse events related to the vaccines, it said.
The suspension “is purely a precautionary measure, and we have two other safe vaccines that have been used for years,” local medical officer of health Dr. Nicola Mercer said in the release. “We will continue to monitor the situation closely.”

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