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Laos and Nicaragua Expand Flu Protection with Help from CDC and Growing Partnership

Laos and Nicaragua Expand Flu Protection with Help from CDC and Growing Partnership

Women chatting in doorway of health clinic.As flu season is wrapping up in the United States, other parts of the world are bracing for the start of their seasons. Thanks to CDC guidance and donations from Partnership for Influenza Vaccine Introduction (PIVI), this year Laos is vaccinating against seasonal influenza for the third year running, and Nicaragua is vaccinating pregnant women against flu for the second year in a row.

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Laos and Nicaragua Protect High-Risk Persons from Influenza

Laos and Nicaragua Protect High-Risk Persons from Influenza

Woman receives seasonal flu vacccination from female nurse in LaosThis season, thanks to a growing coalition of donors and facilitation by CDC, Laos is vaccinating against seasonal influenza for the second year running, and Nicaragua is expanding their existing flu vaccination program to pregnant women.

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African Countries Gain Ground in Fight Against Influenza

African Countries Gain Ground in Fight Against Influenza

Cover image by Dan Higgins, MAMS.The December 15 'Influenza in Africa' supplement gives new data on the burden and epidemiology of seasonal flu in Africa and sheds light on the impact of the 2009 H1N1 pandemic, which tested many countries’ relatively new preparedness plans, laboratory networks and surveillance systems.

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Visits Highlight the Importance of CDC’s Influenza Activities in India

Visits Highlight the Importance of CDC’s Influenza Activities in India

Secretary Sebelius listening to a field staff nurse taking a history from the child's family.In August 2011, CDC Director Dr. Thomas Frieden visited India and saw firsthand CDC’s important work. Dr. Frieden returned with the Secretary of the Department of Health and Human Services Kathleen Sebelius in January 2012 to learn more about CDC’s collaborations around influenza surveillance and research in India.

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Africa Influenza Surveillance Advances with Recent Data Management Training

Africa Influenza Surveillance Advances with Recent Data Management Training

Dr. Richard Njouom presenting on data management techniques used in Cameroon.Recently, the CDC’s Influenza Division in partnership with the National Institute for Communicable Disease (NICD) hosted a Data Management Training Course for influenza surveillance data managers and epidemiologists at the NICD training facility in Johannesburg, South Africa.

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CDC Influenza Division Co-Hosts Writing Workshops In Bangkok, Nairobi and Seoul

CDC Influenza Division Co-Hosts Writing Workshops In Bangkok, Nairobi and Seoul

Students and mentors collaborate at the January 2011 writing workshop in Bangkok.This year the Influenza Division co-hosted a series of three four-day-long writing workshops in Thailand, Kenya, and the Republic of Korea. The intent of the writing workshops was to help cooperative agreement recipients write about their work and ultimately to help them share their important findings with the public health community.

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CDC Meets With African Countries to Discuss Influenza Surveillance

CDC Meets With African Countries to Discuss Influenza Surveillance

Seminar session during 2011 ANISE meetingCDC influenza representatives met with experts from twenty-three African countries to discuss their influenza surveillance achievements. As a next step, the group is looking forward to publishing an article highlighting fifty years of influenza surveillance in Africa.

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CDC and International Partners Examine 2009 H1N1 Pandemic Response

CDC and International Partners Examine 2009 H1N1 Pandemic Response

Neighborhood in TunisiaEnhancing and expanding the international pandemic response system was the topic of the World Health Organization’s (WHO) recent conference in Tunisia, “Strengthening the Global Influenza Surveillance Network (GISN).”

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