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Communicable Diseases & Immunization Service

Our team of experts is focused on monitoring and controlling communicable and vaccine-preventable diseases, promoting and evaluating immunization programs, and providing a pharmacy service for the distribution of vaccines and STI and TB drugs.

Our mission is to cover surveillance and control of specific communicable diseases, develop policy and guidelines and perform advanced research. We monitor cases and outbreaks of specific communicable diseases, from influenza to zoonoses, coordinate provincial outbreak investigations and develop prevention and control policies and programs for BC. We have a strong informatics capacity and core methodological expertise in surveillance, epidemiology and public health practice.


Our areas of work

Communicable Diseases Epidemiology & Surveillance

We conduct integrated epidemiology and surveillance of enteric, food and waterborne diseases, environmental pathogens, respiratory diseases, vaccine-preventable diseases, and vectorborne and zoonotic diseases, reporting on disease incidence across the province and providing clinical guidance for communicable disease control. 

Community Antimicrobial Stewardship 

We monitor trends in antibiotic resistance and utilization and work to reduce antibiotic resistance 

Immunization & Vaccines 

We plan, monitor and implementation support for provincial immunization programs and provide a pharmacy service for the distribution of vaccines and STI and TB drugs. 

Research

We conduct research into events that occur at the population level, using basic science applications from epidemiology, sociology, demography, ecology, microbiology, genomics and evolutionary biology. 

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