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Fluzone High Dose No Longer Available from TBDHU

TBDHU no longer has supply of Fluzone® High-Dose (HD) and does not anticipate receiving any additional supply during the 2022-23 flu season. Supply disruptions are also likely to occur with Fluad® this season. Please note the important information below:
  • Pharmacies may still have supply of either Fluzone® HD or Fluad®; however, TBDHU cannot comment on pharmacy supplies. Individuals should follow up directly with pharmacies to confirm product availability.
  • TBDHU is expecting small orders of Fluad® over the next two weeks.
  •  Fluad® supply may not be available between shipments. It is expected that Fluad® will no longer be available from the province once it allocates its remaining supply to Public Health Units over the next two weeks.
    • TBDHU will provide an update to notify providers when Fluad® is no longer available.
  • There is minimal evidence to support recommending a preferred flu product for those 65 years of age and older. Regular dose QIV flu products have been proven to offer great protection against the flu for individuals 65+. Individuals 65+ should receive the flu product they are offered first and should not delay flu immunization.
  • TBDHU does not expect disruptions or supply issues with other flu products this flu season (e.g., Fluzone® QIV).
Please note that the vaccine order forms for health care providers in Thunder Bay and the District have been updated on our website.  

 

Surge in Flu Cases in TBDHU Area

Over the past two weeks, there has been a significant increase in the number of influenza cases reported in the Thunder Bay District. This represents an early start to flu season in this area. We are asking health care providers to continue to promote the flu shot to their patients, especially those who are at high risk of influenza-related complications and anyone who lives with or cares for somebody who is at high risk.

 

Change in Eligibility for Flu Vaccination at Thunder Bay TBDHU COVID-19 Vaccine Clinics

In response to the surge in flu cases, TBDHU has expanded the list of people who can receive the flu vaccine at TBDHU COVID-19 Vaccine Clinics in Thunder Bay. Beginning November 1, 2022, anyone who is at high risk of serious complications from the flu can walk in to our clinics on the CLE grounds and any pop-up clinics around the city to receive a flu shot. This includes anyone who is:
  • 65 years or older
  • Living with a chronic illness, such as diabetes, cancer, heart or lung disease
  • Immunocompromised
  • Pregnant
  • Indigenous
These clinics will also provide walk-in flu shots to anyone under 5 and their accompanying family members. Anyone over the age of 5 who is attending TBDHU COVID-19 Vaccine Clinics for a COVID-19 vaccine will also be offered a flu vaccine.
Please note that this change only applies to TBDHU COVID-19 Vaccine Clinics in Thunder Bay; residents of district communities should contact the health care provider in their community or a pharmacy about getting a flu shot. Flu vaccine clinics in district communities organized by community health care providers are also posted to a special section on Getting the Flu Shot.

 

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