Free for all Nova Scotians
Immunization against influenza will be publicly funded again in 2016-17. Nova Scotia Public Health advises that all Nova Scotians six months of age or older be immunized.
New high risk group
Adults with neurologic or neurodevelopment conditions have been included as people at high risk of influenza-related complications or hospitalizations.
Physicians can obtain vaccine through the province's Public Health offices, which coordinate vaccine ordering and delivery. Shipping will begin on Oct. 11. Physicians may begin vaccinating patients as soon as they receive their order of vaccine.
2016-17 Immunization Provider Toolkit
The 2016-17 Immunization Provider Information and memo from the Department of Health and Wellness includes:
- Dosage and frequency
- Vaccine storage
- Vaccine components
- Vaccine side effects
- Management guidelines for vaccine providers
- MSI billing codes
Doctors Nova Scotia encourages all physicians and other health-care workers to receive the influenza vaccine annually to protect themselves, their families and those in their care.
Mandatory influenza immunization: Doctors Nova Scotia position statement
Patients immunized by pharmacists
Physicians do not have to track the lot number and expiry date of vaccine for patients who are immunized by other health-care providers.
Pharmacists who administer the flu vaccine track the lot number and expiry date of the vaccine. If a pharmacist immunizes a patient with a family physician, the physician will be notified. In the case of an adverse event, the pharmacist files a report with the Department of Health and Wellness.