Loading articles...

'Hold tight' if waiting for a flu shot, doses still arriving: VCH

Last Updated Oct 16, 2020 at 4:36 pm PDT

FILE -- A nurse prepares a flu shot at the Salvation Army in Atlanta, Feb. 7, 2018. Canada's chief public health officer says more children are being hospitalized this flu season because of an early spike in a strain of influenza B, which hits young people hard and is circulating across the country while a strain that typically targets the elderly also makes the rounds. THE CANADIAN PRESS/AP, David Goldman
Summary

While there have been some complaints about flu shot availability, it seems there is supply out there if you call around

Pharmacies in Vancouver Coastal Health, Fraser Health say supply isn't an issue for the vaccine

Doctor with VCH says there's still time for a shot, influenza hasn't arrived

VANCOUVER (NEWS 1130) — While some people have experienced long waits for flu shots, doctors are offering assurance that there will be enough and there is still time to get vaccinated.

In order to ease the burden on the health-care system that will be dealing with the COVID-19 pandemic and the flu season at the same time, doctors and the provincial health officer have urged British Columbians who want the vaccine to get it this year.

RELATED: Expect to wait for flu shots due to high demand amid pandemic

NEWS 1130 reached out to several pharmacies in the Vancouver Coastal Health and Fraser Health regions and found no supply issues.

Some pharmacies had walk-in availability, a few required an appointment, while others expected hour-long waits.

Dr. Meena Dawar, with Vancouver Coastal Health, says flu clinics are opening this month to give people more options.

“The campaign is just getting launched, so my message to anyone trying to find a flu shot is, hold tight. Influenza virus has not yet arrived in the community so there’s lots of time to get a flu shot.”

Dawar recommends checking with family physicians first to see if they are offering flu shots, as well as local pharmacies.

She says the vaccine is starting to be distributed, and by November, the flu shot campaign will be in full swing.

As of Thursday, the province says it has received and distributed1,627,255 doses of the vaccine.

RELATED: B.C. capable of meeting demand for flu shots, more doses arriving: top doctor

Dr. Bonnie Henry, the provincial health officer, again confirmed there haven’t been any problems with getting the vaccines to B.C., but noted more are on the way on Thursday.

The ideal time to get the flu shot is in late October and early November, she said.

For more information on the flu vaccine, click here.