10/27/2012 03:38 EDT | Updated 12/27/2012 05:12 EST

Nova Scotia says province not affected by stop-use of Novartis flu shot

HALIFAX - The Nova Scotia government says the province's influenza vaccine is not affected by Ottawa's stop-use order of flu shots made by Novartis.

Nova Scotia's chief public health officer Dr. Robert Strang says the province's supply of the vaccine comes from other manufacturers and is safe.

On Friday, Health Canada asked flu shot maker Novartis to suspend distribution of its influenza vaccine in Canada.

The decision follows a similar move by several European countries after Novartis revealed it had found particles in some batches of its flu vaccines.

Health Canada says the move is a precautionary one, which has been taken to give Canada time to investigate the situation.

Novartis makes only about 20 per cent of Canada's annual flu vaccine purchase.