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Chief medical health officer says last year's vaccine is out of date
Last Updated: Wednesday, November 17, 2010 | 4:44 PM AT
Nova Scotia's chief public health officer is asking doctors to return their stock of flu vaccine from last season.
Robert Strang says this is the third time he's asked Nova Scotian doctors to return their vaccine supply, but some still have not. (CBC)
Robert Strang says at least one person in the province has already been given last year's swine flu vaccine. He said that's not dangerous, but this year's flu shot is updated to include other strains.
The licence for last year's swine flu vaccine has expired.
Strang says this is the third time Nova Scotia doctors have been asked to return their leftover stock. Most have done so, he said, but some have not.
"Send your H1N1 vaccine back, don't use it," he said. "Use this year's seasonal flu vaccine."
This is the first year the province will be covering the cost of the seasonal flu vaccine for all Nova Scotians.