Alberta Health Services apologizes over Calgary Flames getting flu vaccine

Alberta Health Services has apologized that members of the Calgary Flames were given swine flu shots at a special clinic last Friday as thousands of people waited in line for the vaccine or were turned away.

EDMONTON — Alberta Health Services has apologized that members of the Calgary Flames were given swine flu shots at a special clinic last Friday as thousands of people waited in line for the vaccine or were turned away.

Dr. Gerry Predy, senior medical officer of health, apologized on behalf of the agency, which reports directly to the Alberta government.

He says what happened is regrettable, a probe into the matter is complete and more information will be released by the government later today.

The Flames-flu shot brouhaha has angered many people who have been critical of Alberta’s swine flu vaccine roll out, which was plagued by long lineups before it was shut down on Saturday.

The province is preparing to relaunch the vaccine program on Thursday when shots will only be available for children between the ages of six-months-old and under five years.

On Friday the program is to be expanded to include pregnant women.

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