Health Canada has reviewed the safety information for Agriflu and Fluad and is releasing the two seasonal flu vaccines for immediate use.
The products were temporarily pulled from distribution as a precaution earlier this week and held from use in flu vaccination clinics, at the request of Health Canada.
Health Canada looked at the results of its own testing, conducted a health risk assessment, reviewed information from its European partners and data submitted by Novartis before making its decision. None of the information reviewed indicated a safety issue.
The Public Health Agency of Canada and Health Canada will continue to work with the company to monitor the safety and effectiveness of the vaccines used here in Canada. Should a safety concern be identified, immediate and appropriate action will be taken.
Health care providers will still be giving free flu shots to Ontario Residents. All public health community clinics will go on as scheduled.