NEWS

Flu vaccine: B.C. orders 1 million extra doses

09/24/2014 11:15 EDT | Updated 11/24/2014 05:59 EST
The B.C. Centre for Disease Control has ordered one million extra doses of the flu vaccine this year, after last year's supply ran out before the end of the season.

Doctor Meena Dawar with the Vancouver Coastal Health Authority,  says the supply has already started to arrive, but it will likely be sometime in October before the vaccines are actually distributed to family doctors and pharmacists.

"We're just starting to receive some vaccine. Vaccine comes in a lot of batches, so we have to have enough of it built up to distribute it to all immunizers," said Dawar.

"When each batch of vaccine arrives, it has to be checked to make sure it was transported safely and the vaccine is still safe."

This year's vaccine will cover three main strains of the virus including H1N1, much like last year.

Local drug stores and pharmacies are sending out notices the vaccine is on its way, but the official launch of the flu shot campaign is the first week in November.
 

MORE:cbcNews