Eight more people — including an eight-year-old child — have died after contracting swine flu, but early indications are that H1N1 will take fewer lives than the average flu virus, B.C. health officials report.

Twenty-three people in B.C. have fallen to the virus. All but one had an underlying condition.
Health officials urge people to get vaccinated because the virus will likely be around for a few years.

The province expects to receive about 250,000 more doses of the H1N1 vaccine today, but they won’t be available in clinics until early next week.

Pregnant women and children between six months and five years are among the current priority groups to get the shot. Authorities will decide by the end of the week if eligibility will be expanded.