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More flu shots available in Canada

More flu shots available in Canada

Associated Press

GREAT FALLS - North-central Montana residents who missed out on a bus trip to Lethbridge for flu shots have another chance, but they'll have to get to Canada on their own.

Workplace Safety and Healthcare Services Ltd. is taking reservations for a flu shot clinic to be held Nov. 12-14 at the Ramada Hotel and Suites in Lethbridge, said Ray Hopkins, Workplace Safety's business development manager.

The company had 1,000 flu shots, but had already taken reservations for about 500 of them by Friday morning. The shots cost $40 (U.S.).

Many of those reserving shots are from north-central Montana, but Hopkins said he also has someone flying in from California.

The shots will not be offered to children under age 8 and children ages 9 to 17 must have a parent present.

Shots can be reserved by calling 1-403-382-3520 or at www.safeworker.ca.

Meanwhile, a flu shot clinic set for Monday in Lethbridge was expected to be full by Friday.

The vaccine for both clinics are made by Shire in Canada, whose shots were recently approved by the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

The American flu vaccine supply is millions of doses low this year, after contamination problems at a lab in Chiron Corp. meant 48 million doses could not be used.

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