Influenza vaccine distribution and ordering thresholds

UPDATE - November 3, 2016

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

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.

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.

UPDATE - October 20, 2016

Alberta Health has issued an important update for pharmacists participating in the 2016-2017 Alberta Influenza Immunization Program. Highlights of the update include:

  • The amount of FLUAD® vaccine requested by pharmacists in order to accommodate multiple off-site clinics is more than what is currently available.
  • 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.

The complete update from Alberta Health is available here.

To view the Influenza Immunization Policy for 2016-2017, please visit the Alberta Health website:

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