Infectious disease knows no boundaries, especially in today’s increasingly mobile world. When diseases—including vaccine-preventable diseases (VPDs)—break out anywhere in the world, their spread to the United States is only a plane flight away. For example, in 2011, there were 220 reported cases of measles in the United States. 200 of the 220 cases were brought into the United States from other countries with measles outbreaks.
Infectious disease knows no boundaries, especially in today's world when international travel is so common.
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Because of the scope and intensity of global health challenges, no single country, agency, or institution can work alone to meet.
The Future of Global Immunizations: Will the Promise of Vaccines Be Fulfilled?
CDC is involved in one of the most effective global public health missions: vaccination against deadly diseases. Ultimately, they protect Americans from sickness and death from diseases carried to the U.S. In the past two decades, immunization has prevented about 20 million deaths worldwide. New vaccines in development might prevent millions of additional deaths. To learn about challenges facing organizations involved in global vaccines, see the Center for Strategic and International Studies article authored by Dr. Steve Cochi.
The burden of vaccine-preventable diseases (VPDs) in the U.S. has been greatly reduced by childhood immunization. However, even as VPDs such as polio, measles, and rubella have been eliminated in this country, the U.S. remains vulnerable to disease importations as long as they persist elsewhere. The Global Immunization Strategic Framework outlines the vision, mission, goals, objectives, and strategies of CDC and its partners for meeting worldwide immunization targets from 2011 through 2015. Achieving adequate vaccination coverage by 2015 will require CDC and partners to work closely to accomplish the six overarching goals outlined in the plan.