Professor, Departments of Family Medicine and Community Health Sciences
Manager, Alberta Community Influenza Sentinel Program (Tarrant)
Cumming School of Medicine
University of Calgary
HSC G 012
3330 Hospital Drive NW
Calgary AB T2N 4N1
The Tarrant program of Community Sentinels involves community physicians who take samples from all patients attending with Influenza-like-illness, and complete a short questionnaire about the illness and vaccination status. This information contributes to understanding how Influenza epidemics are moving through the Alberta community, and together with that from 3 other provinces, allows assessment of influenza vaccine effectiveness each year. This information contributes to choices for the next year's vaccine by WHO, and provides much new knowledge about influenza virology. The community Gastroenteritis study is starting to obtain similar information for gastroenteritis.