Influenza Division international activities fiscal year 2009 annual report
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Influenza Division international activities fiscal year 2009 annual report

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      The Influenza Division (formerly the Influenza Branch) has a long history of providing international technical assistance and support to the World Health Organization (WHO) and WHO National Influenza Centers (NICs) to enhance laboratory capacity. Because of limited resources, most support provided internationally was technical in nature and in collaboration with the WHO. For years, most of the technical assistance provided was through hands-on laboratory training of staff in other countries, the annual provision of WHO reagents kits produced and distributed by the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), and technical consultations for vaccine strain selections. In addition, the Influenza Branch conducted epidemiologic research, including vaccine studies and serologic assays, and provided international outbreak investigation assistance.

      The Influenza Division: Conducts global and domestic surveillance to guide vaccine formulation and understand the effect of influenza; Develops policy for the prevention and control of influenza; Conducts state-of-the-art research to better understand the evolution, antigenicity, genetic properties, antiviral susceptibility, transmissibility, pathogenicity, immune response, and other characteristics of influenza viruses in order to develop better tools for preventing and controlling influenza; Provides international technical assistance for outbreak investigations, the expansion of laboratory and epidemiologic capacity, and international and domestic training.

      Suggested citation: Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. International influenza report FY 2009. Atlanta: U.S. Department of Health and Human Services; 2010.


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