November 20, 2015 • Written in Practicing Physicians 0 Comments

Tagged with University of Calgary • Written by Jonathan Koch

You are invited to join TARRANT Viral Watch, a sentinel based infectious disease surveillance network for Alberta. This network detects and measures influenza and pediatric viral gastroenteritis as they occur in the community. The resulting data assists with implementation of health care strategies and understanding vaccine effectiveness in the province.

TARRANT is part of an international network: data you collect is sent to Alberta Health, the Public Health Agency of Canada, and the World Health Organization. Our cross-provincial network publishes papers that measure the effectiveness of vaccines and how to improve them. At intervals through our newsletters, we will send you information about how your data assists the progress of viral surveillance in Alberta, Canada and around the world.

For simplicity, TARRANT have broken down the information into 2 parts:

  • Influenza Surveillance and Vaccine Effectiveness (VE)

  • Community Pediatric Gastroenteritis Surveillance (CPGS) 

Both programs run year-round.

If you have any questions or require further information, please feel free to contact TARRANT at

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