What CDC Does
Influenza poses one of the world’s greatest infectious disease challenges. CDC programs pdf icon[1.14 MB, 2 Pages] use scientific expertise and resources to protect the United States from the continuing threat posed by seasonal influenza and pandemic influenza, with the following activities:
- Monitoring and assessing influenza viruses and illness.
- Building and supporting surveillance and response capacity.
- Improving vaccines and other interventions.
- Applying research to provide science-based enhancement of prevention and control policies and programs.
Principal Deputy Director of CDC, Dr. Anne Schuchat, is one of the many veterans of CDC’s fight on flu. Combatting influenza is a hallmark of Dr. Schuchat’s 30 years at CDC. In reflecting on the 1918 influenza pandemic, Dr. Schuchat says studying what happened can help us to better prepare the nation and the world for similar scenarios in the future.