Wednesday, 28 October 2009

Pregnant women refused H1N1 vaccine in Ottawa.

This was on Radio-Canada.

A group of pregnant women in their first trimester who had been waiting for hours in an Ottawa community health centre for the vaccination against H1N1 flu were told to go home. A health care worker told them that the only form of vaccine that they currently had in stock was the type with an adjuvant. The women were told that health authorities had decided NOT to administer this form of the vaccine to women in the first 20 weeks of their pregnancy.

Unfortunately this information was not communicated to media or to front line health care workers who could have determined from a preliminary triage that these women were candidates for the non-adjuvanted form of the vaccine, which won't be available until next month to clinics. I just checked the CBC news site, it still only identifies all "pregnant women" as a priority group.

One wonders how many of these pregnant women will become ill from being exposed - while waiting for hours in a community centre clinic - to a great number of people, contagious with other illnesses.

It would appear that on the Gatineau side of the river, in spite of other confusion, at least that message was clearly provided.

Update: Urgh - some public health officials are waffling about the risks of the adjuvant administered to first-trimester pregnant women, lots of loose talk about balancing danger of getting H1N1 if one has a pre-existing health conditions and the effect it might have on fetal development. More attemps to cover all eventualities and all asses. Urgh.


Anonymous said...

Ha ha ha, that's really funny, we'll have a great laugh about that in question period. ha ha ha.

--The Conservative Party of Canada

Anonymous said...

I am not sure if this is a negative thing. The vaccine they have in hand is not safe for first trimester women, so they are doing what's best for the patients.

That's a good thing.

Now, could this have been communicated better on the Ottawa City H1N1 website? yes.

the regina mom said...

We don't even know if, for ourselves as Canadians, the vaccine is safe. We didn't test it. That, to me, is frightening.

Mandos said...

A blog post on the safety of vaccines.

fern hill said...

Very informative, Mandos. Thanks for that.

deBeauxOs said...

Grand merci, that is very useful, Mandos.

Anonymous said...

Again, disinformation an chaos reign supreme in this great country of ours!

the regina mom said...

That is a good article, Mandos, but it does little to lessen my concern that we do not have our own mechanisms for testing the safety and efficacy of the vaccine here in Canada. I think it is extremely dangerous for a sovereign nation to take this path.

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