CDC Publishes 50-Year Review Of Global Immunization Activities, Overview Of Future Directions

Public Health Reports Journal: Fifty Years of Global Immunization at CDC, 1966-2015
“…Since [the launch of the Smallpox Eradication Program in January 1966], CDC’s global immunization endeavors have encompassed global smallpox eradication, the establishment and growth of the Expanded Program on Immunization (EPI) to strengthen national immunization programs, global efforts to eradicate polio and eliminate measles and rubella, and vaccine introduction into national immunization schedules beyond the original six EPI vaccines. CDC has provided scientific leadership, evidence-based guidance, and programmatic strategies to build public health infrastructure around the world, needed to achieve and measure the impact of these global immunization initiatives. This article marks the 50th anniversary of CDC’s global immunization leadership, highlights key historical events, and provides an overview of CDC’s future directions…” (12/19).