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Saskatchewan gets more flu vaccine for patients with weakened immune systems

A vaccine shortage forced Saskatchewan to limit vaccinations to children under five, pregnant women and women who have given birth in the last four weeks.

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Health officials in Saskatchewan say more flu vaccine has arrived and that means people who have compromised immune systems can get immunized.

Dr. Denise Werker, deputy chief medical health officer, says 9,000 injectable doses have arrived from Ontario.

They will be restricted for people who are in cancer treatment, are on dialysis or have had an organ transplant.

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A vaccine shortage forced the province to limit vaccinations to children under five, pregnant women and women who have given birth in the last four weeks.

Another 12,000 doses of the vaccine have also arrived from Quebec and Werker says they will be distributed to health regions across Saskatchewan.

But those doses are in a nasal spray and cannot be given to pregnant women, children under two or people whose immune systems are already compromised.

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