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Universal Influenza Immunization Program (UIIP)

The following provides information about the Ontario Ministry of Health and Long-Term Care’s (the ministry’s) Universal Influenza Immunization Program (UIIP) for 2014/2015 season. The official launch of the 2014/2015 UIIP is October 23, 2014. Influenza immunization for the general population, including community-based influenza immunization clinics can begin on or after October 23rd. As in previous years, influenza vaccine will be available prior to the launch of the UIIP; however, it is only for the immunization of high priority groups against influenza. The high priority groups include: persons at high risk of influenza-related complications or more likely to require hospitalization and persons capable of transmitting influenza to those at high risk.

Influenza Supply - Trivalent Inactivated Vaccine (TIV)

Vaccine Manufacturer Package Description and Additional Information

Agriflu®

Novartis

Single dose syringe

Fluviral®

GlaxoSmithKline

Multi-dose vial

Vaxigrip®

Sanofi Pasteur

Multi-dose vial

Fluzone®

Sanofi Pasteur

Multi-dose vial

Fluad®

Novartis

Single dose syringe

TIV with adjuvant

Targeted to seniors aged ≥ 65 years in long-term care homes (LTCHs)

Agriflu®, Vaxigrip®, Fluzone® and Fluviral® are considered to be equivalent vaccines and will be distributed based on availability (requests for specific vaccines are not permitted). Please consult your local public health unit to determine vaccine availability for your clinic.

Vaccine Order Form

Providers that have been approved to participate in the UIIP that are located

Order vaccine directly from vaccine supply source

Outside Toronto
(not within the “M” area code)

Local public health unit by using the Influenza Vaccine Order Form for the UIIP. [PDF]

Within Toronto
(within the “M” area code)

Ministry’s Ontario Government Pharmaceutical and Medical Supply Service (OGPMSS) by faxing the Influenza Vaccine Order Form for the UIIP [PDF] to 416-327-0818.

Prior to October 23rd as the vaccine will only be available for high risk individuals, vaccine orders will be filled primarily for facilities that care for, and/or immunize, high priority groups, including long-term care homes, public hospitals, physicians’ offices, and health unit clinics that are held specifically for persons in the high priority groups.

From October 15th onward, vaccine orders will start being filled more generally for health care providers including pharmacies, health care agencies, workplaces, etc. to prepare them for the administration of influenza vaccine to the general population beginning on October 23rd (i.e., the launch of the UIIP).

All required fields of the Influenza Vaccine Order Form for the UIIP [PDF] must be completed to ensure orders are filled.

Please Note: Vaccine wastage due to spoilage or expiry is a concern for all immunization programs, including the influenza program. The Vaccine Storage and Handling Guidelines [PDF] have been developed to facilitate proper storage and handling of publicly funded vaccines and minimize vaccine wastage as well as promote vaccine safety and efficacy.

When minimum cold chain requirements are not met by a health care provider, the public health unit has the authority to withhold vaccines until compliance issues have been resolved or until completion of other follow-up deemed necessary to ensure appropriate vaccine storage and handling. For health care providers who order vaccines directly from the OGPMSS, the board of health shall instruct the OGPMSS to discontinue further vaccine deliveries to the health care provider premises until the requirements have been met.

Recommended Vaccine Recipients

The following individuals are eligible and recommended for the publicly funded influenza vaccine in Ontario:

Program Specific Information for the Various UIIP Participants

Additional Resources and Information

Questions

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For More Information

Please e-mail uiip.moh@ontario.ca or call Service Ontario, INFOline at 1 877-844-1944