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Alberta Gets More Flu Vaccine; Offered To Children

01/27/2014 09:57 EST | Updated 01/27/2014 09:59 EST
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FILE - In this Aug. 27, 2010, file photo, nurse practitioner Susan Brown prepares a flu vaccination for a customer in Rockville, Md. Flu season’s arrived with lots of hacking in the South and New York City that’s sure to spread to the rest of the country. The good news: There’s still plenty of vaccine for procrastinators. But don’t wait much longer: It takes about two weeks for the vaccine’s protection to kick in. (AP Photo/Evan Vucci, File)

Young children in Alberta will now be able to receive their first, or second flu shot.

Alberta Health Services (AHS) said on Monday that it has obtained additional doses of the influenza vaccine and are offering it to children under the age of nine.

Children who turned six months of age on or after Dec. 1, or who will do so before March 31, are eligible for the shot. The vaccination is also available to children under the age of nine who need two shots be fully immunized.

Due to shortages, vaccinations are no longer available to any other Albertans.

The province ran out of the flu vaccine earlier this month after a surge in demand for the shot.

Nearly $8 million have been spent on the flu shots, and almost one million Albertans - about one in four - have been immunized.

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