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Surveillance Trainings & Videos

Find training options and educational video presentations on surveillance of vaccine-preventable diseases and outbreak control.

Surveillance of Vaccine-Preventable Diseases (VPDs): Update 2017

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To enhance the surveillance of VPDs.

Target Audiences

Public health staff (including epidemiologists, program managers, etc.), health educators, laboratorians, physicians, nurses, physician assistants, and anyone else involved in surveillance and reporting of VPDs.

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For other materials including surveillance data on slides, see Surveillance Materials & Resources.


  • Session I: CDC subject matter experts for viral VPDs (mumps, acute flaccid myelitis/polio, varicella, measles, and rotavirus)
  • Session II: CDC subject matter experts for bacterial VPDs (meningococcal disease, pertussis, invasive pneumococcal disease, Haemophilus influenzae, and diphtheria)

Investigation and Control of Mumps Outbreaks on College Campuses: Indiana, 2016

In this video, Pam Pontones, State Epidemiologist and Director of the Epidemiology Resource Center at the Indiana State Department of Health, shares her insight regarding a series of mumps outbreaks at college campuses in Indiana during 2016. This Indiana example illustrates challenges in the investigation and control of mumps outbreaks. In addition, this video provides information about the epidemiology of mumps as well as the effectiveness of various public health interventions.


Collecting a Buccal Swab Clinical Specimen for Mumps Diagnostic Testing

This video demonstrates how to correctly collect and transport a buccal swab for the detection of mumps virus RNA. Buccal swabs are the preferred sample for confirmation of mumps infection. Ideally, a buccal swab should be collected 1-3 days after symptom onset but may be collected up to 5 days after symptom onset. The audience for the video is healthcare providers.

Case Studies, Exercises & Other Training Materials

CDC has developed various training materials for public health practitioners, including:

  • Interactive exercises with case studies that require students to apply their epidemiologic knowledge and skills to problems confronted by public health practitioners at the local, state, and national levels. These epidemiologic case studies are available here.
  • Applied epidemiology case studies written for new Epidemic Intelligence Service (EIS) officers and offered to schools of medicine, nursing, and public health to use as a component of an applied epidemiology curriculum. These case studies in applied epidemiology are available here.

 Several VPD surveillance exercises and training materials created by jurisdictions have been compiled by the NCIRD Surveillance Office. For more information and/or to receive a copy of these materials, please contact