Influenza Immunization Program Update

March 29, 2021

Published by the AHS Province Wide Immunization Program Team

 

Issue 43, March 2021

Alberta’s Influenza Immunization Program provides publicly funded influenza vaccine for all individuals 6 months and older who live, work or attend school in Alberta.

Influenza data for the 2020-2021 season is reported on a weekly basis. Data includes: number of doses of influenza vaccine administered by provider type across the province, number of laboratory confirmed cases of influenza, number of Albertans hospitalized with influenza disease and number of Albertans deceased who had lab confirmed influenza. Community providers can find this information on the Alberta Health Services website.

As of March 20, 2021:

  • A total of 1,616,957 doses of influenza vaccine have been administered in Alberta.
  • Alberta Health Services Public Health have provided 215,661 doses.
  • Community Pharmacists have provided 1,097,475 doses.
  • Other Providers (which include Alberta Health Services Non–Public Health sites, Long Term Care sites, Community Physicians, Alberta Health Services Workplace Health and Safety, Covenant Health Occupational Health and Safety and First Nation Inuit Health Branch) have provided 303,821 doses.

End of Program & Remaining Doses of Influenza Vaccine

The 2020-2021 Influenza Immunization Program is scheduled to end on March 31, 2010. Children less than 9 years of age requiring a second dose of vaccine can access vaccine through Public Health until April 30, 2021. Remaining doses of influenza vaccine should be disposed of in an appropriate biohazard container in your office/clinic at the end of the program on March 31, 2021. You will be required to record this vaccine in the Alberta Vaccine Inventory (AVI) system as Category: Wasted, Reason: Wasted/Influenza Season End. In addition, record this vaccine as wasted on your vaccine specific reporting forms.

Reminder: Final Influenza Monthly Report

The Final Report for the 2020-2021 Influenza Immunization Program is due Thursday April 8, 2021. It is important to account for all influenza vaccine doses that your clinic/site ordered as this will affect the number of doses you will be able to order for next year.

Zone contacts

North

PCH.NZInfluenzareporting@ahs.ca

Edmonton

Jennifer Beaudry
Phone 780.342.0230
Fax 780.342.0248

Central

Wendy
Malo

Phone 403.356.6409
Fax 403.356.6332

Calgary

Christine Sikora
Phone 403.955.6750
Fax 403.955.6755

South

Public Health
Nursing Team

Phone 403.388.6684
Fax 403.380.2893

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