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"Americans stream to Canada for flu shots"

With a US shortage caused by contaminated vaccine and flu season approaching, business has been brisk at Canadian clinics and doctors’ offices along the border from British Columbia to as far east as New Brunswick.

A Canadian Internet pharmacy is working with a half-dozen physicians in Montreal to offer weekend flu-shot tours to New Yorkers. The price is $75 for a medical exam and inoculation. Lodging and meals, which can be arranged by a travel agency working with the pharmacy, are extra.

It’s a sad day when the United States has to rely on the entrepreneurial spirit of Canadians to fix a regulated market dysfunction.

(From, Business brisk as Americans stream to Canada for flu shots.)