Friday, November 6, 2009

Canada flu spread and vaccination pace both pick up

WINNIPEG, Manitoba-Close to 6 million Canadians, or about 18 percent of the population, will be vaccinated against H1N1 flu by early next week, Canada's chief public health officer said on Thursday.
"There's an awful lot of Canadians out there that will be protected going forward, more and more and millions more every week from now on," Dr. David Butler-Jones, Canada's chief public health officer, told a news conference in Ottawa.The governments of Canada's provinces and territories are responsible for immunizing residents after the federal government delivers the vaccine.
Butler-Jones did not directly comment on a story in Thursday's Globe and Mail newspaper that said more than half of the vaccine doses the federal government has distributed are sitting in storage because provincial governments aren't ready to use them...

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