The Northwestern Health Unit has received its first shipment of unadjuvanted vaccine reserved for pregnant women.
At this time, the unadjuvanted vaccine will be available by appointment through the Northwestern Health Unit.
Pregnant women are encouraged to call their local health unit office to arrange a time.
Of first priority are pregnant women without access to a family doctor, those with pre-existing health conditions, and healthy pregnant women in the second half of their pregnancy.
Healthy pregnant women in the first half of their pregnancy may be asked to wait until the second shipment of unadjuvanted vaccine has arrived, depending on uptake.
Though still high priority, this group is at less risk for complications from H1N1 infection.
Pregnant women with pre-existing health conditions, and healthy pregnant women in the second half of their pregnancy, also can speak with their health-care provider about getting the adjuvanted vaccine.
There are two parts of an adjuvanted vaccine—the antigen and the adjuvant.
The antigen is the active ingredient in the vaccine that provides protection against the virus.
An adjuvant is an additive that improves the immune response delivered by the vaccine.
The adjuvant in Canada’s H1N1 vaccine is made up of ingredients such as water, oil, and vitamin E.