Newspaper article The Canadian Press

Saskatchewan Reopens Flu Clinics after Health Canada Says Novartis Vaccine Safe

Newspaper article The Canadian Press

Saskatchewan Reopens Flu Clinics after Health Canada Says Novartis Vaccine Safe

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Saskatchewan reopens its flu clinics

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REGINA - Saskatchewan is reopening its flu clinics after getting the all-clear from Health Canada on the Novartis vaccine.

"Some of the larger clinics, of course, will need a day or two to ramp up because while the clinics were suspended, staff were busy doing other things," chief medical health officer Dr. Saqib Shahab said Wednesday.

All flu clinics in Saskatchewan were put on hold last Friday after tiny clumps of virus particles were found in some batches of the vaccine made in Italy.

However, officials said the European batch was different than the one supplied to Canada.

Normally the viral proteins in flu vaccine are not visible to the naked eye, but from time to time they fall out of suspension and can be seen. Novartis said it is not uncommon, nor is it a sign that there is something wrong with the vaccine.

Health Canada lifted its hold on Novartis flu vaccines Wednesday, saying they are safe to use.

Novartis provides about 20 per cent of Canada's flu vaccine. …

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