Yellowknife (October 30, 2012) – All public influenza immunization clinics in the Northwest Territories will proceed as scheduled. The decision follows a Health Canada recommendation that flu vaccine made by the pharmaceutical firm Novartis not be used pending a review of the discovery of clumping of particles in the vaccine in Europe.
“This isn’t a major concern for us in the NWT, as the bulk of our supply comes from a different supplier. I have therefore instructed our clinics to proceed as planned,” NWT’s Chief Public Health Officer Dr. André Corriveau said. “Influenza vaccine remains our best prevention against the flu, and I therefore encourage all residents to get their shot.”
October to April is Flu Season. The best protection is an annual flu shot.
People at high risk for influenza-related complications who should take the flu shot are:
- children between 6 months to 5 years of age
- pregnant women
- adults 65 and older
- individuals who are extremely overweight
- individuals living in chronic care facilities, regardless of age
- individuals with chronic medical conditions such as lung disease including asthma, heart disease, diabetes, kidney disease or cancer.
For more information on dates and times of upcoming clinics visit:
More information is also available from Health Canada at:
For more information contact:
Department of Health and Social Services
Tel: (867) 920-8927