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Sentinel Practitioner Surveillance Network

​How well does influenza vaccine protect your patients?

Sentinel Influenza Vaccine Effectiveness Study

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When you join our Sentinel Practitioner Surveillance Network (SPSN) - Influenza Vaccine Effectiveness (VE) Study, you help to accurately measure circulating influenza strains in Ontario, including novel strains (H7N9), variant strains (H3N2v) and others. You also: 

  • ​Help to inform Canada’s vaccination policies.
  • Help to inform the WHO strain selection committee for the Northern Hemisphere.
  • Receive timely results about your patients’ diagnoses.
  • Collect compensation for each laboratory sample, at the rate of $10 per specimen sent to the laboratory with a completed short questionnaire.
  • Bring valuable knowledge to your practice, including tracking of influenza activity. 

Ontario continues its participation in the SPSN during the 2017-2018 influenza season to evaluate how well the influenza vaccine works each year. The province received provincial ethics board approval to participate in the VE surveillance networkBritish Columbia, Alberta, and Quebec are also participating. The SPSN is conducted in collaboration with the College of Family Physicians of Canada National Research System. ​

How to take part in the study?

Fill out a Consent form and fax it back to Romy Olsha, VE study co-ordinator, at 416-596-1799, or contact Romy by phone (647-792-3187) or email:​​​​​​​​
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