Health clinics which administer Yellow Fever vaccines in Saskatchewan are going to have to follow some new guidelines beginning Monday.
A vaccine shortage across North America is restricting the dosage of the Yellow Fever vaccine for some clients.
Angela Schuba is the manager of specialty immunization and travel with the Regina Qu’Appelle Health District.
She says one full dose of the vaccine may now have to be divided among several people.
“We’ve had to look at implementing a shortage protocol,” Schuba said. “It’s in order to meet the demands of our travellers to certain countries.”
Schuba says Yellow Fever is transmitted through a mosquito and is prevalent in Africa and central and south America.
She says a partial dose could last up to 12-months, adding if you’ve received the Yellow Fever vaccine before, you may already be protected.
“We now know that one dose of Yellow Fever Vaccine does incur lifetime protection,” Schuba said. “So, very important that if people have had a dose, they should still call us and we can confirm that for them.”
Schuba says in Saskatchewan, Yellow Fever vaccine is only available through travel clinics in Saskatoon, Regina and Prince Albert.
Some clinics in Alberta, Manitoba and British Columbia have already moved to offering partial doses of Yellow Fever vaccine in order to maximize the supply