2016-2017 influenza campaign
Influenza season is around the corner! Free flu clinics will begin Monday, October 31, 2016.
Although FluMist® nasal spray was offered as part of the provincial influenza program for children the past two years, a recent study by the U.S. Center for Disease Control's Advisory Committee on Immunization Practices, showed that the effectiveness of FluMist® vaccine decreased significantly over time. The committee recommended no longer using FluMist vaccine.
The Canadian expert committee, the National Advisory Committee on Immunization (NACI), published a statement on August 17, 2016, supporting the use of either injectable influenza vaccine or FluMist® in children 2 to 17 years of age. The statement confirmed that FluMist® is no longer the preferential vaccine for this age group.
The Saskatchewan Ministry of Health has reviewed all of the available evidence and recommendations. The Ministry decided to use only injectable influenza vaccine for the 2016-2017 influenza season in Saskatchewan.
To view the NACI statement, click here.
For more information
Saskatchewan Ministry of Health