More flu vaccine doses inbound to B.C.
According to the B.C. Centre for Disease Control pharmacies still have 50,000 flu vaccine doses available. (QMI AGENCY)
“It looks like there are still 50,000 doses left, but I can’t tell you which pharmacies.”
— Dr. Monika Naus, B.C. Centre for Disease Control
Calling the provincial flu vaccine situation a shortage isn’t accurate, according to the B.C. Centre for Disease Control that notes pharmacies around the province still have 50,000 doses out there somewhere.
Dr. Monika Naus, the centre’s medical director of immunization programs, said Thursday Victoria is spending $100,000 for an additional 21,000 doses to be placed with health authorities across the province.
For the current flu season, the province ordered more than 1.4 million doses of the vaccine — many have been given out to health workers — and the majority of what Naus defined as regular vaccine takers have received their shots.
Among pharmacies, the province distributed 400,000 doses and the latest numbers show only 350,000 have been used.
Next year, Naus said the CDC is looking to add counts of how much excess vaccine is left onto its current clinic locator at immunizebc.ca.
The flu season typically lasts through April. This year, the presence of the H1N1 virus, which is covered by this year’s vaccines, has affected a younger population than usual, as seniors are more likely to be immune to the swine flu.