Flu vaccine to be offered more widely in health region

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FHHR rolling out FluMist by appointment

Five Hills Health Region (FHHR) is offering the flu vaccine by appointment to a select group of residents.

Marisol Rangeo receives the swine flu nasal spray vaccine FluMist in Indianapolis, Ind., Thursday, Oct. 22, 2009. THE CANADIAN PRESS/AP-Darron Cummings

The vaccine has been made available following the arrival of a large shipment of FluMist in Saskatchewan.

The province has received 107,000 doses of FluMist, according to a release.

The vaccine, which is delivered via a nasal mist, is licensed for use in Canada to patients between two and 59 years of age. 

According to the release, it is not recommended to children under two, pregnant women and people who are immune-compromised.

The province has been immunizing those groups by other means, and is expanding those clinics to provide vaccinations for people over 60 years of age as supply permits, the release states.

It is also not recommended to health workers who provide care to patients with immune-compromised conditions.

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Geographic location: Saskatchewan, Canada

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