Sunday, October 24, 2004

From the Minneapolis Star Tribune:
Canada hangs on to its flu shots
With busloads of seniors routinely heading north to buy prescription drugs in Canada, it's hardly a surprise that Americans now are looking across the border for flu vaccine, too.

But with the exception of a few welcoming clinics, including one in remote Estevan, Saskatchewan, that advertised its willingness to provide U.S. citizens in neighboring North Dakota with flu shots, the Canadian option appears dicey.

For starters, what's available in Canada would cover only a small fraction of the shortage in the United States, where supplies were reduced by half because of contamination, health officials say. And there is some reluctance among Canadians to send anything but verbal shots south.

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