National Center for Immunization and Respiratory Disease (NCIRD)Centers for Disease Control and Prevention
Address1600 Clifton Road
Atlanta, GA 30333
The National Center for Immunization and Respiratory Disease (NCIRD), organized under the Centers for Disease Control (CDC), works to prevent disease, disability and death through immunization and by control of respiratory and related diseases. NCIRD is organized into the following divisions: Bacterial Diseases (DBD), Global Immunizations (GID), Influenza (ID), Viral Diseases (DVD), and Immunization Services (ISD).
DBD is the primary CDC expert contact group for bacterial respiratory and vaccine-preventable diseases. They advise leadership, participate in outbreak investigations and ongoing disease surveillance systems, advance methods for statistical applications in epidemiology, and provide consultation for research studies.
GID provides expertise globally to help strengthen routine immunization systems and meet national goals for controlling or eradicating vaccine-preventable diseases (VPDs) such as polio and measles. GID provides scientific and technical support to ministries of health and other public and private partners to control vaccine-preventable diseases around the world, including: Haemophilus influenzae tybe b, meningococcal and pneumococcal diseases, rotavirus, and rubella.
ID responsibilities include conducting domestic influenza surveillance to monitor impact and guide vaccine virus selection decisions; improving diagnostic tools, distributing testing reagents to public health partners; improving rapid reporting methods; conducting applied research on influenza evolution, transmissibility, pathogenicity, susceptibility to antiviral drugs, and immune response; and providing technical assistance to public health organizations. ID includes the Virus Surveillance and Diagnosis Branch, Epidemiology and Prevention Branch, Molecular Virology and Vaccine Research (CVGDD), and the Immunology and Pathogenesis Branch.
DVD is organized into four branches: Gastroenteritis and Respiratory Virus Laboratory Branch; Epidemiology Branch; Measles, Mumps, Rubella and Herpesvirus Laboratory Branch; and Polio and Piconavirus Laboratory Branch. The division works to optimize vaccines to prevent viral diseases, new prevention tactics, and improve outbreak response to respiratory and enteric viral diseases.
ISD works to protect individuals and communities from vaccine-preventable diseases through provision of federal funds and contracts to purchase vaccine, the provision of technical and financial support of immunization programs, and through education efforts with medical providers and the public. The Vaccine Supply and Assurance Branch (VSAB) manages the central distribution and vaccine contracts, pediatric vaccine stockpile, and provides storage and handling technical assistance.