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What CDC Is Doing: Global Immunization in Action

CDC is committed to targeted efforts to strengthen immunization systems and achieve time-bound impacts on vaccine-preventable diseases. CDC’s immunization strategy is based on key elements of CDC’s overall global health strategy: assist ministries of health with health programs, eradicate and eliminate disease, strengthen governments and multilateral organizations, acquire new knowledge, improve health systems, promote equal access to necessary vaccines and health interventions. CDC’s Global Immunization Strategic Framework articulates CDC’s goals, objectives, and strategies for effectively meeting global immunization challenges during 2011–2015. In addition, the National Vaccine Plan provides a vision for the U.S. vaccine and immunization enterprise for the next decade. The Plan articulates a comprehensive strategy to enhance all aspects of vaccines and vaccination.

A child's finger is marked by a vaccinator to signify that she has received the polio vaccine.Eradicating Polio

Polio is a crippling and potentially fatal infectious disease. There is no cure, but there are safe and effective vaccines. Therefore, the strategy to eradicate polio is based on preventing infection by immunizing every child to stop transmission and ultimately make the world polio free.
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Fijian child receiving measles vaccine.Reducing Measles, Rubella, and Congenital Rubella Syndrome (CRS)

Measles is a highly contagious respiratory disease that kills almost 1 million children globally each year. Rubella ("German Measles") affects children and young adults worldwide. If women acquire rubella in the first trimester of pregnancy, serious consequences can result, including miscarriages, still births, and infants born with Congenital Rubella Syndrome (CRS). CRS birth defects can cause blindness, deafness, and heart problems.
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Photo of smiling mother and child.Strengthening Routine Immunization Programs Worldwide

An estimated 130 million infants are born around the world each year. Protecting these newborns from vaccine preventable diseases (VPDs) requires an organized, accessible, and well functioning immunization program as a key component of a country's public health program.
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Child receiving a vaccine.Promoting Evidence-Based Strategies for New and Underutilized Vaccines

Despite the extraordinary progress in reducing deaths and disease through more widespread vaccination programs, many children still do not fully benefit from all available vaccines. WHO estimates that approximately 8.8 million children under 5 years of age die each year around the world, mostly in poor countries of Asia and Africa.
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