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Category: immunization

Two Vaccines for One Polio-free World

Great fingermarks Mackenzie Andre Niger 2014

Polio was once considered one of the most frightening diseases in the world until a team led by Dr. Jonas Salk developed the first successful polio vaccine. World Polio Day, held every October 24 to celebrate Salk’s birthday, is an opportunity for everyone working to eradicate polio to renew their commitment to creating a polio-free Read More >

Posted on by Lee Hampton, MD, Medical Officer, Vaccine Introduction Team, Global Immunization Division5 CommentsTags , , , ,

September 28 is World Rabies Day

Rabies and rabies-like viruses are found in bats on every inhabited continent. CDC teams work to train local capacity on methods of assessing wildlife for zoonotic pathogens. These include not just virus detection, but also on practices to stay safe. (Vietnam)

Rabies! It is one of the most feared diseases in the world, and for good reason. Rabies has a fatality rate of nearly 100%, and it causes the most human deaths of any zoonotic disease, that is, diseases which can be spread between animals and humans. Each year, an estimated 59,000 people die from rabies Read More >

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Wipe out polio in Africa for good

Great drops L Esapa

This blog was originally posted on on August 21, 2015 This week, we detailed in a report with cautious optimism that polio will be gone not only in Nigeria but in all of Africa. Only a few years ago, Nigeria was Africa’s last outpost of polio and seemed to be losing the battle against Read More >

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Data Matters

Uganda vax coverage

Frontline health workers have incredibly tough jobs. Almost always they have competing priorities, with only a limited number of resources at their disposal. These are the doctors, nurses and support staff who work at the point of care. These are the people who deliver our babies, help keep us healthy, and heal us when we Read More >

Posted on by Amalia Benke, MPH, Health Scientist, Global Immunization Division3 CommentsTags , , ,

What I Saw as a Child Led Me to Champion Vaccines Today

Young Afghan children playing after receiving their polio vaccines during vaccination campaigns in 2014. ©Misgina Suba Abraha/UNICEF.

This post is part of the #ProtectingKids blog series. Read the whole series here. Living as a child in Kabul, Afghanistan in the 1970’s meant going to the bazaar on the weekends with my parents. My two sisters and I would climb in the back of our Volkswagen Kombi and my father would drive us Read More >

Posted on by Rebecca Martin, PhD, Director, Global Immunization Division1 CommentTags , ,

Working Towards an Achievable Goal: A World without CRS


When I started focusing on rubella in 1994, it was mainly recognized as a significant public health problem in high-income countries. When the public health community realized that rubella and congenital rubella syndrome (CRS) were actually significant public health issues in the entire region of the Americas, things took a turn and an elimination goal Read More >

Posted on by Susan Reef, MD, Rubella Team Lead, Global Immunization DivisionLeave a commentTags , , ,

Fulfilling the Decade of Vaccines Vision

As 2014 draws to a close, one theme that has been continuously present is the importance of a strong public health infrastructure in a country to effectively protect against vaccine-preventable diseases (VPDs).  Universal access to immunization is the Decade of Vaccines vision, and in order to achieve this, more efforts are needed to build upon the Read More >

Posted on by Rebecca Martin, PhD, Director, Global Immunization Division, Center for Global Health, U.S. CDCLeave a commentTags , ,

Get to know a STOPper

Stuck in the mud for blog

  In honor of World Polio Day, the polio communications team sat down with the lead of the CDC Global Immunization Division’s STOP team Yinka Kerr for a little Q & A. Q: Yinka, how did you become involved in the global initiative to end polio? Yinka: I started in polio in 1997 when I Read More >

Posted on by Yinka Kerr, MSPH, STOP Team Lead, Global Immunization Division4 CommentsTags , ,

Strengthening Vaccination Systems – how it STARTs

On the road to Bukwo District (photo courtesy of George Momanyi)

George Momanyi, a public health nurse from Kenya, has twice served as a consultant with CDC’s Strengthening Technical Assistance for Routine Immunization Training (START) project in Uganda.  START, funded through a grant from the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, provides mentoring and on-the-job training to district-level immunization officers and service providers in areas with high Read More >

Posted on by George Momanyi, Public Health Nurse, START Consultant7 CommentsTags , , , ,

Polio Eradication, Microplanning and GIS

A Bugagi child travels by camel near Lake Chad in Borno State, Nigeria. Photo courtesy of Thomas Moran/WHO.

Geospatial data have been used in public health since John Snow mapped cholera cases around the Broad Street water pump during the London cholera epidemic of 1854.  And, while global positioning system technologies (GPS) are so ubiquitous in the United States that virtually all new smartphones, tablets and cars have this technology embedded, in many Read More >

Posted on by Victoria Gammino, PhD, MPH, Epidemiologist, CDC Global Immunization Division4 CommentsTags , , ,