Division of Bacterial Diseases (DBD)

Our Mission

The mission of the Division of Bacterial Diseases (DBD) is to prevent and control illness and death from vaccine-preventable and other respiratory bacterial diseases, in the U.S. and worldwide, through excellence in epidemiologic and laboratory science. This office within the National Center for Immunization and Respiratory Diseases plays a critical role in outbreak response, epidemiology, laboratory diagnosis and pathogen characterization, vaccine development, and control of respiratory and vaccine-preventable disease nationally and globally.

Our Priorities

  • Improve detection, prevention, and control of respiratory and related invasive bacterial pathogens
  • Accelerate development, introduction, and monitoring of bacterial vaccines domestically
  • Accelerate development, introduction, and monitoring of bacterial vaccines globally

What We Do

The Division of Bacterial Diseases serves as the primary contact regarding bacterial respiratory and vaccine-preventable diseases. In addition to serving as experts in the area of bacterial respiratory and vaccine-preventable disease issues, we also:

  • Accelerate the development, introduction, and evaluation of vaccines against bacterial respiratory diseases such as pneumonia, meningitis, neonatal sepsis, and related syndromes in the United States and globally​
  • Identify, assess, and implement advanced and innovative approaches to improve and expand laboratory, statistical, and epidemiological science to support the DBD vision and advance DBD programs​
  • Maintain and strengthen surveillance, early detection, investigation, response, and policy development to ensure most effective prevention and control of bacterial respiratory diseases such as pneumonia, meningitis, neonatal sepsis, and related syndromes in the United States and globally​
  • Efficiently and effectively support public health programs and research through excellence in management and operations functions ​
  • Inform the public and scientific community about bacterial respiratory diseases such as pneumonia, meningitis, neonatal sepsis, and related syndromes in the United States and globally through effective communications and policy approaches​
Division of Bacterial Diseases Organizational Chart
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DBD Organization Chart and Leadership Bios

Division Contact Information

Division Topics

Outbreak Resources

Page last reviewed: February 3, 2020