BC's Sentinel Network is a member of the Canadian Sentinel Practitioner Surveillance Network (SPSN).
Established in 2004, the primary objective of the Canadian Sentinel Practitioner Surveillance Network (SPSN) is to monitor the effectiveness of the annually reformulated influenza vaccine against medically attended, laboratory-confirmed influenza illness. Secondary objectives are to monitor and characterize circulating influenza and other respiratory viruses contributing to influenza-like illness in our communities.
Full List of SPSN Publications, 2004-2023
What does the BC SPSN do?
SPSN sites within BC are primary care providers able to obtain specimens and data to contribute to vaccine effectiveness (VE) evaluation and respiratory virus monitoring and characterization by epidemiologists and virologists at the BCCDC, the headquarters for the provincial and national SPSN.
Are you a general practitioner, family physician, or nurse practitioner treating patients in BC?
The SPSN is seeking participants! To find out more:
In the summer of 2015, the names of the BC and Canadian SPSNs were updated from "Sentinel Physician Surveillance Network" to "Sentinel
Practitioner Surveillance Network", to acknowledge the range of clinical expertise managing our Sentinel sites.
Updated: December 1, 2023