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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. | Communicable Disease Reports | Communicable Disease Control Manual | Disease Case Definitions

Community Antimicrobial Stewardship 

The community antimicrobial stewardship (CAS) program monitors trends in antibiotic resistance and utilization and works to reduce antibiotic resistance.

Each year, CAS compiles, analyzes and interprets data on these key outcomes. These findings are available on four interactive data dashboards on the BCCDC website. The CAS team also maintains a website ( which provides relevant and specific information about antibiotic resistance and stewardship for the general public, and supports the public outreach efforts in BC. | Community Antimicrobial Stewardship program | Antibioticwise | Do Bugs Need Drugs?

Immunization & Vaccines 

We plan, monitor and implement support for provincial immunization programs, promote immunization across the province and contribute to provincial immunization initiatives | Immunization & Vaccines

We are responsible for producing the immunization chapter of the BCCDC Communicable Disease Control Manual and best-practice guidelines for immunization services in BC | BC Immunization Manual | Immunization Clinical Resources

We provide a pharmacy service for the distribution of vaccines and STI and TB drugs | Vaccine & Pharmacy Services


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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