H1N1: Canadian government approves swine flu vaccineThe swine-flu vaccine has been approved by Canada's government, which said shot may start next week.
By: Steve Rennie, Canadian Press
OTTAWA — Canada’s largest-ever immunization campaign is ready to go now that the federal government has approved the swine-flu vaccine.
Health Minister Leona Aglukkaq announced today the vaccine has been approved for use in Canada, allowing provinces and territories to proceed with H1N1 flu shots as soon as possible.
The Public Health Agency of Canada has said it was aiming to have the vaccine available in early November.
Other countries have already begun vaccinations.
In Canada, priority has been given to pregnant women, health workers, young children, people living in remote places, and adults with chronic conditions — the groups most vulnerable to the H1N1 virus — for the swine-flu shot.
Two million doses of the swine-flu vaccine have already been shipped to the provinces and territories.