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October 30, 2012
Toronto flu clinics still open - Flu vaccine safe and effective
Toronto Public Health (TPH) is reassuring the public that the influenza vaccine is safe and effective and is still the best defence against getting the flu. TPH flu clinics opened last week across the city, and will continue to operate as scheduled.

As a precautionary measure, Health Canada has temporarily suspended the use of influenza vaccine manufactured by Novartis (Agriflu and Fluad).

“Currently, Toronto Public Health is not using Norvartis influenza vaccines at any of our clinics,” said Dr. Barbara Yaffe, Associate Medical Officer of Health. “We want to reassure the public in Toronto and encourage them to still get their flu shot.”

Toronto Public Health monitors for adverse events following immunization. Those members of the public who have received their influenza vaccine can be reassured that, to date, no reports of serious or unexpected adverse events have been reported. If a member of the public does experience a reaction to an influenza shot, or any other vaccines, they should contact their family physician or TPH.

More information is available at or call 416-338-7600.

Information is also available from Health Canada at .

Toronto is Canada's largest city and sixth largest government, and home to a diverse population of about 2.7 million people. Toronto's government is dedicated to delivering customer service excellence, creating a transparent and accountable government, reducing the size and cost of government and building a transportation city. For information on non-emergency City services and programs, Toronto residents, businesses and visitors can dial 311, 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.

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Kris Scheuer
Toronto Public Health



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