What We Do
CDC’s Global Immunization Division (GID) is involved in one of the most effective of all global public health missions – vaccination against deadly diseases – which saves the lives of 2 to 3 million people every year. GID works closely with a wide variety of partners to protect global citizens against contagious and life-threatening vaccine-preventable diseases.
Why It Matters
Vaccines prevent an estimated 2.5 million deaths among children younger than age 5 every year. Still, 1 child dies every 20 seconds from a disease that could have been prevented by a vaccine. Why? Because 1 in 5 children in the world do not have access to the life-saving immunizations that keep children healthy.
Diseases do not respect geographical borders and travel as easily as people and products within countries and across continents. By preventing vaccine-preventable diseases (VPDs) globally, CDC is protecting Americans from VPDs coming into the United States from other countries.
Learn more about our work to Strengthen Immunization Systems.
Who We Are
CDC’s Global Immunization Division (GID) is a diverse group of people dedicated to the mission of creating a world without the diseases, disabilities, and death that could be prevented with vaccines.
The Global Immunization Strategic Framework 2011–2015 outlines the vision, mission, goals, objectives, and strategies of CDC and its global partners for meeting worldwide immunization targets from 2011 through 2015. Achieving 2015 vaccination coverage targets to reduce illness, disability, and death from vaccine-preventable diseases requires CDC and its global partners to work closely to meet the six overarching goals outlined in the plan. Our strategic framework is aligned with the Global Vaccine Action Plan (2011-2010), which resulted from the Decade of Vaccines Collaboration. All global immunization partners endorsed the plan with a shared vision to create "a world in which all individuals and communities enjoy lives free from vaccine-preventable diseases."
Read our strategic framework to learn more.
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