A brand new survey suggests many medical doctors worry they will not have sufficient of the flu vaccine to satisfy demand this season.
The Canadian Medical Association says greater than 86 per cent of 1,459 survey respondents mentioned they fear influenza season will put further pressure on the well being care system.
Of these medical doctors who supply the flu vaccine, half mentioned they will not have sufficient doses to satisfy demand and 85 per cent mentioned the system wants extra capability.
The survey, performed Aug. 19 to 24, additionally discovered 54 per cent of respondents nonetheless battle to accumulate private protecting gear.
The survey discovered 68 per cent fear suppliers will not have sufficient PPE, 62 per cent count on orders to be delayed and greater than half worry international demand will hinder provide.
Extra flu vaccines ordered
Nevertheless, three quarters of these requested mentioned they imagine the well being care system is healthier ready for COVID-19 resurgences than it was through the first wave.
Canadian well being officers have mentioned that further flu vaccines have been ordered this 12 months to satisfy anticipated demand.
Earlier this month, a Public Health Agency of Canada spokesperson informed The Canadian Press the company ordered 13 million doses of the flu vaccine, up from 11.2 million final 12 months.
CMA president Dr. Ann Collins mentioned influenza immunization “is more important than ever this year.”
“We need to avoid a possible twin epidemic of flu and COVID-19 as it can be devastating to patients and our ability to sustain health care delivery,” Collins mentioned Tuesday in a media launch.
“We need to focus on greater funding and resourcing of public health to support mass vaccination efforts.”
She additionally mentioned it is “imperative” that governments guarantee entrance line staff are protected by PPE as COVID-19 surges in lots of components of Canada.