The latest licences have been granted to a range of homeopathic flu vaccines called Influenzinum, which have been manufactured by various companies, including BJ Pharmaceutical, Boiron and Homeocan.
Health Canada's decision has triggered protests from the pro-Pharma lobby of sceptics and self-styled 'quack busters'. Leading the charge has been Lloyd Oppel, Canada's leading 'quack buster' and chairman of the British Columbia Medical Association's council on health promotion. He says: "Although real vaccines use low doses of part of an infectious agent to prevent disease, homeopathic preparations typically are diluted beyond the point where a single molecule remains."
(Source: British Columbia Medical Journal, 2013, 55: 201-2).