Suspended vaccine not distributed through Ontario's publicly funded immunization program

    TORONTO, Dec. 12 /CNW/ - Ontario's Acting Chief Medical Officer of Health
Dr. David Williams confirmed today that none of the three lots of measles,
mumps and rubella vaccine suspended from use by Health Canada have been
received or distributed through Ontario's publicly funded immunization
    Merck Frost has advised the ministry that a small quantity of the vaccine
was distributed outside of the publicly funded system in Ontario to army bases
and some hospitals. Merck is currently notifying those recipients. There have
been no reported adverse reactions to the ministry related to MMR vaccine from
the three suspended lots.
    "We continue to keep public health units across Ontario advised of the
situation," said Williams. "Our public health units will follow up as
appropriate and the Public Health Agency of Canada is being kept apprised of
the situation."
    Health Canada has advised provincial and territorial health authorities
not to use three lots of measles, mumps and rubella vaccine while the
department investigates five suspected cases of anaphylaxis in Alberta clients
receiving the product.
    Ontario is a leader in North America in protecting children against
vaccine-preventable diseases. The MMR vaccine is currently administered to
children at 12 months and again at 18 months and has proven to be safe. Canada
has a national surveillance system that monitors reports of any adverse events
following an immunization. All reports are taken seriously and investigated

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