The P.E.I. government has ordered 51,000 doses of flu vaccine for this year.

"The seasonal influenza vaccine covers, this year, two strains of influenza A, both H1N1 and H3N2, as well as a strain of influenza B. And it also is showing cross protection against some variant strains of influenza," said Dr. Heather Morrison, the province's chief health officer.

"We would encourage everyone six months of age and over to be vaccinated, especially those at high risk of complications of influenza."

So far, there have been no laboratory confirmed cases of influenza.

The vaccine should be available in doctors' offices by the middle of the month.