Flu vaccine shortage at manufacturing level: Public Health Agency of Canada

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It may be harder this year for Canadians to get their flu shots because of delays in producing and distributing the vaccine.

The federal government says some provincial flu vaccination programs may need to wait until supplies are worked out.

The Public Health Agency of Canada co-ordinates purchases by the provinces.

It says 55 per cent of the total order is currently available to be distributed across the country.

The agency aims to have 90 per cent of the supply by the end of the month.

The problem is being blamed on a shortage at the manufacturing level.

Health Canada recommends the flu vaccine for everyone over six months of age, especially the elderly, kids under five, pregnant woman and people with cancer, diabetes and other diseases.