The following public notice regarding the flu vaccine supply was issued by Dr. Perry Kendall, provincial health officer:
"VICTORIA – Health-care workers across the province have vaccinated a record number of British Columbians against this year’s flu, as nearly 1.4 million British Columbians have rolled up their sleeves to protect themselves.
Despite ordering 1.401 million doses of influenza vaccine, the unprecedented demand for the vaccine means that there is the likelihood that B.C. will experience temporary gaps in influenza vaccine supply and availability.
Provinces and territories across the country are experiencing similar challenges with vaccine supply, and B.C. is continuing to work with the federal government to obtain additional supply of the vaccine. As a result of these efforts, B.C. is expecting about 5,000 more doses to arrive during the week of Jan. 21 and another 3,000 doses during the week of Jan. 28, and the Province has requested another 13,000 doses. These vaccines will be available to eligible persons in all regions of the province, based on demand.
In the meantime, British Columbians who have not been vaccinated this season are encouraged to take the usual preventive measures, such as regular hand washing, staying home when sick and avoiding contact with those who are at high risk to develop complications from influenza."
to read a copy of the full public notice from the Office of the Provincial health Officer.