2017-2018 Seasonal Influenza Vaccine Program

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2017-2018 Seasonal Influenza Vaccine Program


The seasonal flu campaign runs from Oct. 23, 2017 to March 31, 2018. Learn more about the vaccine, clinic locations, resources and allergy/anaphylaxis management.

All Saskatchewan residents six months of age and older are eligible to get a free (publicly funded) seasonal influenza vaccine.

Key Information

  • The seasonal influenza campaign runs from Oct. 23, 2017 to March 31, 2018.
  • All residents 6 months of age and older are eligible to receive publicly funded influenza vaccine.
  • The vaccine is strongly recommended for individuals at high risk of becoming seriously ill with influenza (including pregnant women), and those in contact with individuals at high risk of influenza-related complications.
  • Fluzone® Quadrivalent (Sanofi Pasteur) and FLULAVAL® tetra (GSK) quadrivalent injectable vaccines (QIVs) are publicly funded for those 6 months of age and older and contain the following viral strains:
    • A/Michigan/45/2015 (H1N1)pdm09-like virus;
    • A/Hong Kong/4801/2014 (H3N2)-like virus;
    • B/Brisbane/60/2008-like virus; and
    • B/Phuket/3073/2013-like virus
  • FluMist® Quadrivalent will not be a publicly funded influenza vaccine for 2017-2018.
  • Note: Thimerosal free Fluzone ® Quadrivalent pre-filled syringes is to be prioritized for people who self-identify as having a diagnosed thimerosal allergy and may be given to others who request it. It is only available at Public Health; other providers will need to refer clients to Public Health.
  • The National Advisory Committee on Immunization (NACI) 2017-18 influenza vaccine statement is posted at www.naci.gc.ca.
  • Information about location of public health influenza clinics in RQHR will be available on the Regina Qu’Appelle Health Region website at http://www.rqhealth.ca/flu.
  • Up to date information regarding the 2017-2018 influenza program and locations of public health influenza clinics will be posted on the Ministry of Health website: http://www.saskatchewan.ca.

Vaccine Availability

  • Physician offices wishing to order vaccine need to complete the influenza vaccine participation form and fax it to 306-766-7906. If you did not receive a form, call 306-766-7902.
  • Publicly funded influenza vaccine must not be given prior to October 23, 2017 to maximize the protective period of the vaccine through the influenza season.
  • Several non-publicly funded influenza vaccines are available for private purchase. The Ministry of Health does not reimburse the costs of any vaccines that are privately purchased.

Handout Resource Information

  • Please display the Influenza Clinic Schedule 2017 in your waiting rooms. To order a supply of Influenza Clinic Schedules for Regina (tear sheets for patients), please call 306-766-7767
  • Copies of the 2017-2018 Seasonal Influenza Vaccine information sheets can be printed from the Ministry of Health website available at http://www.saskatchewan.ca
  • Copies of the Schedule of Influenza Clinics in Regina, and for rural RQHR communities can be printed from the Regina Qu’Appelle Health Region website at http://www.rqhealth.ca/flu

Allergy/Anaphylaxis Management

  • Egg-allergic individuals can receive a full dose of a QIV or LAIV without prior influenza vaccine skin testing, as a routine practice that is supported by NACI.
  • The Ministry of Health recommends that when a decision is made to re-immunize those who have suffered a past severe allergic reaction (not anaphylaxis as it is a contraindication) related to an influenza vaccine or its components, these individuals should be vaccinated in a medical clinic, allergy office or hospital where appropriate expertise, equipment and medications to manage respiratory or cardiovascular compromise is available and that they are observed post-immunization for 30 minutes.
  • All unusual, severe and unexpected Adverse Events Following Immunization (AEFI) must be immediately reported to the regional health authority. The report form is available at http://www.phac-aspc.gc.ca/im/aefi-form-eng.php

Pneumococcal Polysaccharide 23

  • In the RQHR, Pneumococcal 23 is a physician run program. If you would like to order Pneumococcal 23 vaccine, please fill out a Vaccine Order Form and fax it to 306-766-7906. If you did not receive a form, call 306-766-7902.
  • If you do not provide vaccines for your patients, please refer them to a physician that does (some walk-in clinics will provide Pneumococcal 23)

The following clients are eligible for Pneumococcal Polysaccharide 23 vaccine

Clients requiring only ONE dose in their lifetimeClients requiring TWO doses (5 years apart)
  • Adults 65 years or older who have not received a dose
  • Residents of extended or intermediate care facilities including group homes
  • Persons 2-64 years with the following conditions:
    • Alcoholism
    • Cardiac (heart) disease
    • Cerebrospinal fluid (CSF) disorders
    • Cochlear implant (candidate or recipient)
    • Cystic fibrosis
    • Diabetes mellitus
    • Homelessness
    • Illicit drug use
    • Lung disease (excl. asthma, unless on high doses of oral corticosteroid therapy)
    • Malignancies/Cancer
    • Neurologic conditions (that impede the clearance of respiratory/oral secretions)
  • Acquired complement deficiency
  • Asplenia
  • Congenital immunodeficiency
  • Hematopoietic stem cell transplant recipient
  • HIV
  • Immunosuppressive medical treatment
  • Liver disease (including cirrhosis, hepatitis B/C)
  • Renal disease
  • Sickle cell disease
  • Solid organ or islet cell transplant candidate or recipient