Sept. 5th News hit all over the media that due to quality control issues GSK will be short millions of doses and 800,000 shots fewer than anticipated on the cusp of flu season, according to Mississauga News:
Mississauga-based pharmaceutical giant GlaxoSmithKline, or GSK, will fall two million doses short of delivering on the Canadian government’s order because of challenges at its troubled production facility in Ste. Foy, Que., which was recently flagged by both the U.S. Food and Drug Administration and Health Canada.
That shortfall represents almost 17 per cent of Canada’s total vaccine stockpile of almost 12 million doses for the 2014/15 flu season. GSK was responsible for producing more than half of Canada’s total vaccine supply.
The company says the doses are “no longer available” after one component of the three-strain flu vaccine failed a test and additional tests came back inconclusive
On the other hand this millions of dose of flu vaccine missing could result in saving thousands sufferers of health problems from the seasonal campaign. However the headlines were all for naught as according to the Public Health Agency of Canada there is no vaccine shortage.
“Provinces and territories are expected to have almost 12 million doses of vaccine available over the course of the season. This is more than was needed last year even with the current shortfall,” the statement said.
These are the approved flu-shots according to the Health Canada Statement on Seasonal Influenza Vaccine for 2014-2015:
If you go through the above document you might be surprised how much they go into the potential issues of vaccines, including people with egg allergies. In terms of adverse reactions the Public Health Agency of Canada Adverse Events Following Immunization (AEFI) Quarterly Report for 2014 – Q1. In the first three months of the year 764 reports with 67 serious and on the comparison graphs the serious adverse reactions are growing in number. Scroll down to see a chart of adverse reactions by type that reveals Seizures and Other Neurological are the most common reactions.