While flu activity across the province saw a spike at the end of the year, the cases are hitting Vancouver Island harder than other areas.
Medical Health Officer Dr. Dee Hoyano says 181 people have been hospitalized so far, and 66 people remain in care.
Because space and staff are occupied with flu cases, some surgeries have been cancelled.
“Whenever anyone has a surgery, they have to make sure there is a place for them to go after the surgery to recover, and staff that’s available to look after them.”
The good news is: the vaccine matches the strain.
“There has been some work done nationally to look at whether or not the strain that’s in the vaccine is similar to what’s circulating, and [it] does look like they are similar and that’s good because that usually predicts better effectiveness of the vaccine.”
Vancouver Coastal Health says what they’re seeing is similar to previous years and no surgeries have been affected, and it’s the same case for Fraser Health as well.