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Working Towards an Achievable Goal: A World without CRS

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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 comment

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 comment

Get to know a STOPper

  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 Division3 Comments

Strengthening Vaccination Systems – how it STARTs

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 Consultant6 Comments

Polio Eradication, Microplanning and GIS

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 Division3 Comments

Voices from the Central African Republic: FELTP residents remain committed to strengthening disease surveillance and outbreak response in CAR

The Central African Republic (CAR) is a landlocked country in Central Africa, bordered by Chad in the north, Sudan in the northeast, South Sudan in the east, the Democratic Republic of the Congo and the Republic of the Congo in the south and Cameroon in the west.  CAR is one of the world’s least developed Read More >

Posted on by Dr. Els Mathieu, Resident Advisor, CAR- FELTP1 CommentTags , , , ,

Vaccination: Your best shot

In 2002, I was in Maracaibo, Venezuela assisting with the investigation of the last measles outbreak in South America when the news arrived: Ministers of health from the region agreed that a synchronized week of vaccination in the hemisphere would help prevent future outbreaks and increase access to immunization for many who would miss this Read More >

Posted on by Carla Lee, MA, Public Health Advisor, CDC Global Immunization DivisionLeave a commentTags , ,

Stopping rubella in its tracks: CDC works with countries to introduce rubella vaccine

    Pop quiz: What vaccine-preventable disease, whose name means “little red”, can cause severe birth defects if pregnant women become infected? If you answered rubella, also known as German measles, you are right. It’s okay if you didn’t know, since rubella is mostly a distant memory in the United States thanks to a comprehensive Read More >

Posted on by Susan Reef, MD and Gavin Grant, MD, CDC Global Immunization DivisionLeave a comment

How Nigeria Is Helping Stop Polio for Good

  This blog was originally posted in the Huffington Post on January 2, 2014.   There are three places in the world where wild poliovirus has never stopped killing and disabling children: Afghanistan, Pakistan, and Nigeria. As with other health threats, polio doesn’t stay neatly within a country’s borders. In the case of Nigeria, polio Read More >

Posted on by CDC Director Dr. Tom Frieden1 Comment

November 12th Marks World Pneumonia Day

Last year, in observance of World Pneumonia Day, Cynthia Whitney, Branch Chief for Respiratory Diseases in the Division of Bacterial Diseases (DBD) and I co-authored a commentary for the CDC Journal of Emerging Infectious Diseases in which we urged the global community to consider the massive problems of pneumonia and to take a moment to Read More >

Posted on by Rana Hajjeh, MD, Director, CDC Division of Bacterial Diseases1 Comment
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