Influenza Immunization Program

Update:

November 3, 2016

 

Important Influenza Update

 

Alberta Health is advising all community providers of influenza immunization that FLUAD® is the vaccine of choice for individuals 65 years of age and older; however, FLUZONE® can be administered if FLUAD® is not available. It is recommended to immunize individuals with FLUZONE® rather than delay immunization in the event that FLUAD® is not available.

 

Alberta health has advised that all shortages of FLUAD® have been resolved and that pharmacies may now receive stock.

 

If for any reason FLUAD® is not available in your pharmacy for a patient who is 65 years of age or older, the pharmacist MUST inform the patient that FLUAD® is the vaccine of choice for them however they may instead receive FLUZONE® if the patient wishes to proceed with immunization.  

 

Should a patient instead wish to receive FLUAD® and it is not available in the pharmacy, the pharmacist should refer the patient to an AHS Public Health Influenza Immunization clinic.

 

 

Resources:

Update for Pharmacists Unused/Expired Influenza Vaccine

 

Alberta Health Influenza Immunization Policy

http://www.health.alberta.ca/professionals/immunization-policy.html

 

Pharmacy Benefact for Influenza Immunization Program 2016/17

https://www.ab.bluecross.ca/pdfs/pharmacy-benefacts/pharmacy-benefact-638.pdf

 

Alberta Health Services Resources including Consent Form and Administration Record

http://www.albertahealthservices.ca/influenza/Page12438.aspx

 

 Alberta Health Pharmacy Updates

 

End of Season Update for Pharmacists March 14, 2017

End of Season Update for Pharmacists April 12, 2017