Flu Fighters: CDC

Meet our Flu Fighters

Every year individuals around the world work to study, track, and prevent flu. This page profiles these Flu Fighters and the work they are doing to contribute to flu prevention in the U.S. and around the world!

CDC Flu Fighters

Dr. John Barnes

Dr. John Barnes

Meet flu fighter Dr. John Barnes, microbiologist and team lead for CDC’s Influenza Genomics team. In a world where influenza (flu) viruses are constantly changing and evolving, this team examines (sequences) the genomes of thousands of influenza viruses a year. “Flu is both a fascinating and frustrating virus to study,” says Dr. Barnes. “Influenza viruses have a unique ability to move through genetic space very quickly.  Every week, there is a new ‘curveball’ that could literally leave us looking at changes in the viruses that we have never seen before.”

CDR Lisa Delaney, director, Emergency Response and Preparedness Office (EPRO), NIOSH

CDR Lisa Delaney

Meet flu fighter Lisa Delaney, director of the Emergency Response and Preparedness Office at the National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH). Delaney, leads the NIOSH team focused on ensuring businesses understand the impact of seasonal flu and how they can play a role in lessening the spread of flu in the workplace. “It is important to remind employers every year that they can play an important role in preventing flu, helping to protect employees’ health and reducing losses in productivity and revenue,” says Delaney.

Lynnette Brammer, MPH, team lead of the Domestic Influenza Surveillance team

Flu Fighter: Lynnette Brammer

Meet flu fighter Lynnette Brammer, team lead of CDC’s Domestic Influenza Surveillance team, which is responsible for collecting, analyzing and publishing a weekly report on the impact flu is having across the U.S. This information helps inform efforts to protect the public’s health. According to Mrs. Brammer, there is no good flu season, just different degrees of bad.

Xiyan Xu, MD, MS, team lead of CDC Influenza Division Virus Reference team

Xiyan Xu

Meet flu fighter Dr. Xiyan Xu, lead of Virus Reference team in the Virology, Surveillance and Diagnosis branch within the Influenza division.  Dr. Xu also serves as the deputy director of the Atlanta-based Collaborating Center for Surveillance, Epidemiology, and Control of Influenza, one of six World Health Organization influenza collaborating centers and the largest source of information on human influenza viruses worldwide.

Highlight Your Own Flu Fighter!

Are you a flu fighter, or know someone who is? Share your own flu fighter profiles online or social media. Here’s how:

  1. Pick 1-3 images demonstrating your work as a flu fighter.
  2. Write a 2-4 sentence post about why you fight flu.
  3. Share these images and message on social media!

Be sure to include the hashtag #WhyIFightFlu or #FightFlu and tag @CDCFlu in your post!