This Ontario family wants a needle-free flu vaccine but can’t find it anywhere – CBC

Ontario used to fund nasal spray flu vaccines but says it isn’t doing so this year

Nov 14, 2022

A southwestern Ontario family is calling for a needle-free flu vaccine to be publicly funded again so that it’s a real option for children this flu season.

Ryan McClanahan has been trying buy a nasal spray, such as FluMist, but says it’s impossible to find for his nine-year-old son who has a fear of needles.

The Ontario Ministry of Health says on its website that the spray can be purchased at pharmacies, but the Chatham-Kent man says he can’t find it, despite calling multiple stores in his own city, London and Windsor.

“I think the government is really missing an opportunity here when we think about the fact that they’re currently dealing with a healthcare crisis,” he said. “It’s a bit of a puzzle. Why, if we have more tools available in our toolkit, are we not using them?” he said.

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