Information Update - Voluntary Suspension of Flu Vaccines (Agriflu and Fluad) Lifted

Information Update - Voluntary Suspension of Flu Vaccines (Agriflu and Fluad) 
OTTAWA, Oct. 31, 2012 /CNW/ - Health Canada has completed its review of safety 
information for Agriflu and Fluad and is releasing the two seasonal flu 
vaccines for immediate use. As a precautionary step, the products were 
temporarily pulled from distribution last week by the manufacturer and held 
from use in flu vaccination clinics at the request of Health Canada while it 
investigated any possible concerns. 
Health Canada looked at the results of its own testing, conducted a health 
risk assessment, and reviewed information from its European partners and data 
submitted by Novartis in making its decision. None of the information reviewed 
indicated a safety issue. 
The Public Health Agency of Canada is now advising health care professionals 
in possession of these vaccines that they can start using them once again. As 
such, those administering the vaccines are reminded to follow existing 
labelling directions as well as allowing the vaccine to come to room 
temperature before use. The products should also be shaken and checked for any 
white floating material before they are injected. Such material is not 
uncommon in vaccines and does not pose a risk to health. 
The Public Health Agency of Canada closely monitors for vaccination-related 
adverse events to detect potential safety issues in a timely manner. To date 
it has received no reports of serious or unexpected adverse events related to 
these vaccines. 
The Public Health Agency of Canada and Health Canada will continue to work 
with the company to monitor the safety and effectiveness of the vaccines used 
here in Canada. Should a safety concern be identified, immediate and 
appropriate action will be taken. 
Agrippal is marketed in Canada as Agriflu and is authorized for use in people 
older than 6 months. Fluad is authorized for use in Canadians 65 years of age 
or older. 
Flu season is upon us, and a seasonal influenza vaccine is a safe and 
effective way to protect children, families and communities from influenza 
viruses. Canadians can learn more about fighting flu by getting a copy of 
Fight Flu: Your Seasonal Flu Guide by contacting 1 800 O-Canada or visiting 
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Media Inquiries: Health Canada (613) 957-2983 
Public Inquiries: (613) 957-2991 1-866 225-0709 
SOURCE: Health Canada 
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