Manitoba Modifies Eligibility for Seasonal Flu Shot

By Sarah Klein

H1N1 Flu VirusManitoba Health has modified its approach to the season flu vaccine, only giving the shot to those 65 years of age or older, and those living in personal care homes.

Other Manitobans will be eligible to receive the regular influenza vaccine after getting the H1N1 vaccine, which is not expected to be ready until November.

An unpublished Canadian study suggests those who receive the flu vaccine could be more susceptible to the H1N1 virus. The province is aware of the study and has been assessing it, along with its own data. The Public Health Agency of Canada has an expert panel reviewing the study.


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