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Volume 24, Number 7—July 2018

Progress in Vaccine-Preventable and Respiratory Infectious Diseases—First 10 Years of the CDC National Center for Immunization and Respiratory Diseases, 2006–2015

Anne SchuchatComments to Author , Larry J. Anderson1, Lance E. Rodewald, Nancy J. Cox, Rana Hajjeh2, Mark A. Pallansch, Nancy E. Messonnier, Daniel B. Jernigan, and Melinda Wharton
Author affiliations: Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, Atlanta, Georgia, USA

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Table 1

Strategic priorities for the National Center for Immunization and Respiratory Diseases, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention

Strategic priorities Implementation examples
Improve immunization programs
Implemented central vaccine distribution and Vaccine Tracking System (VtrkS); supported development of adolescent platform for vaccination
Strengthen systems to evaluate policy effectiveness
Initiated annual estimation of influenza vaccine impact based on influenza surveillance, vaccine effectiveness studies, and immunization coverage surveys; introduced National Immunization Survey-Teen and quality standards for systems monitoring school-based immunization coverage
Accelerate vaccine-preventable disease reduction worldwide
Implementing partner for the Hib Initiative (2005–2009), which facilitated decisions to introduce Haemophilus influenzae b (Hib)–containing vaccine in all Global Alliance for Vaccines and Immunization–eligible countries and provided model framework for subsequent new vaccine introduction efforts
Reduce complications of pneumonia and influenza
Issued evidence-based guidance for influenza antiviral use to reduce severity of influenza illness
Improve pandemic preparedness
Enhanced laboratory detection of novel influenza viruses and led response to first influenza pandemic of the 21st century
Strengthen response to respiratory outbreaks
Developed Unexplained Respiratory Disease Outbreak tool kit for state, local, and international partners (
Develop and promote strategies to reduce respiratory infections, vaccine-preventable diseases, and control antimicrobial resistance
Expanded the Advisory Committee on Immunization Practices recommendations for annual influenza vaccination and age groups recommended for pneumococcal conjugate vaccination; incorporated Get Smart: “know when antibiotics work” activities into national strategy to reduce antimicrobial resistance
Improve identification of causes of respiratory infections Validated TaqMan technology for multiple pathogen diagnosis of respiratory syndromes; completed multicenter studies of etiology of pneumonia in the community in adults and children

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1Current affiliation: Emory University, Atlanta, Georgia, USA.

2Current affiliation: World Health Organization, Cairo, Egypt.

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