Hundreds of H1N1 Vaccine Doses Wasted

By Brian Schultz

H1N1 Flu Vaccine VialsCanadian health officials are trying to preserve the amount of H1N1 vaccine available after revelations that hundreds of doses are being thrown out daily.

Since Friday, over 500 doses of the vaccine have been wasted in Toronto as staff over-project the amount of people who will come for the vaccine. Because each dose needs to be mixed with a serum before it can be administered, unused portions are discarded each day that weren’t used.

Those who are on the priority list and have not yet received the vaccine raised concerns with the Ontario government over the weekend for tighter guidelines to be put in place so that each vial of vaccine is used.

Winnipeg’s 12 H1N1 clinics reopen today at 9:30 a.m. The weekend vaccine clinics on Saturday managed to immunize over 2,000 people. The WRHA says if there is enough vaccine left by the end of the week, Saturday clinics will once again operate.

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