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Center for Biologics Evaluation and Research (CBER)

The Center for Biologics Evaluation and Research (CBER) is a center within the Food and Drug Administration, an Agency within the United States Government's Department of Health and Human Services. CBER's mission is to protect and enhance the public health through the regulation of biological and related products including blood, vaccines, allergenics, tissues, and cellular and gene therapies.

Review Date: June 27, 2011

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Centers for Disease Control and Prevention - CDC
U.S. Department of Health and Human Services

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), a part of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, is the primary Federal agency for conducting and supporting public health activities in the United States. CDC's Mission is to collaborate to create the expertise, information, and tools that people and communities need to protect their health – through health promotion, prevention of disease, injury and disability, and preparedness for new health threats. CDC is composed of the Office of the Director, the National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health, Center for Global Health, and five Offices, including Public Health Preparedness and Response; State and Local Support; Surveillance, Epidemiology and Laboratory Services; Noncommunicable Diseases, Injury and Environmental Health; and Infectious Diseases. CDC employs more than 15,000 employees in more than 50 countries and in 168 occupational categories.

Review Date: February 27, 2013

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Division of Global Migration and Quarantine, National Center for Emerging and Zoonotic Infectious Diseases, CDC

The Division of Global Migration and Quarantine (DGMQ) is a division of the CDC's National Center for Emerging and Zoonotic Infectious Diseases (NCEZID). DGMQ has statutory responsibility to make and enforce regulations necessary to prevent the introduction, transmission, or spread of communicable diseases from foreign countries into the United States. DGMQ achieves its mission through Immigrant, Refugee and Migrant Health, Quarantine and Border Health Services, Animal Importation, Travelers' Health, Policy and Regulatory Affairs, Community Interventions for Infection Control, and United States-Mexico Health activities.

Review Date: July 18, 2011

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Healthcare Systems Bureau, Health Resources and Services Administration

HRSA's Healthcare Systems Bureau (HSB) protects the public health and improves the health of individuals through an array of programs that provide national leadership and direction in targeted areas. HSB oversees the nation’s organ, bone marrow and cord blood donation and transplantation systems, poison control and vaccine injury compensation programs, and a drug discount program for certain safety-net health care providers. HSB's Organ Donation and Transplantation programs extend and enhance the lives of individuals with end-stage organ failure for whom an organ transplant is the most appropriate therapeutic treatment. HSB also manages Hill-Burton free or reduced-cost care programs.

Review Date: August 02, 2011

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National Center for Immunization and Respiratory Diseases - NCIRD
Centers for Disease Control and Prevention

The mission of the National Center for Immunization and Respiratory Diseases (NCIRD) is the prevention of disease, disability, and death through immunization and by control of respiratory and related diseases. NCIRD balances its efforts in the domestic and global arenas as well as accommodates the specific needs of all populations at risk of vaccine preventable diseases from children to older adults.

Review Date: August 10, 2011

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National Vaccine Program Office, U.S Department of Health and Human Services

The National Vaccine Program Office coordinates vaccine-related activities between other Department of Health and Human Services agencies, and provides leadership to carry out the disease-prevention goals of the National Vaccine Plan. This site provides information about the National Vaccine Plan and National Vaccine Advisory Committee.

Review Date: August 19, 2011

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U.S. Department of Health and Human Services

The Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) is the United States government’s principal agency for protecting the health of all Americans and providing essential human services, especially for those who are least able to help themselves. HHS works closely with state and local governments, and many HHS-funded services are provided at the local level by state or county agencies, or through private sector grantees. The department includes more than 300 programs, covering a wide spectrum of activities. In addition to the services they deliver, the HHS programs provide for equitable treatment of beneficiaries nationwide, and they enable the collection of national health and other data.

Review Date: August 30, 2011

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American Academy of Family Physicians

The American Academy of Family Physicians (AAFP), originally the American Academy of General Practice, was founded in 1947 and has chapters in all States. Its purpose is to represent the interests of family physicians, provide opportunities for continuing education, and maintain high standards of family practice care. AAFP requires continuing education from its members and promotes the development of family practice medical education. A public education program is conducted to inform the public about family practice. Other activities include medical student services, annual meetings, and reduced insurance rates.

Review Date: July 01, 2009

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Immunization Action Coalition

The Immunization Action Coalition (IAC) works to increase immunization rates and prevent disease by creating and distributing educational materials for health professionals and the public that enhance the delivery of safe and effective immunization services. The Coalition also facilitates communication about the safety, efficacy, and use of vaccines within the broad immunization community of patients, parents, health care organizations, and government health agencies. IAC distributes consumer information and health professional resources in English and up to 50 other languages including Spanish, Farsi, Arabic, Russian, Tagalog, Chinese, and more.

Review Date: December 05, 2011

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International Association for Medical Assistance to Travellers

Founded in 1960, the International Association for Medical Assistance to Travellers (IAMAT) is a nonprofit organization dedicated to unifying and coordinating doctors worldwide in order that they may assist any traveller who might require medical assistance in an unfamiliar place. Toward this end, IAMAT has participating physicians in 125 countries and territories on call all of whom speak English and have trained in the United States or Europe. While membership is free, donations are requested.

Review Date: May 31, 2011

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National Foundation for Infectious Diseases

The National Foundation for Infectious Diseases (NFID) is a non-profit, tax-exempt (501c3) organization founded in 1973 and dedicated to educating the public and healthcare professionals about the causes, treatment and prevention of infectious diseases. NFID and the National Coalition for Adult Immunization sponsor an influenza and pneumococcal immunization awareness campaign annually to remind millions of Americans of the risks of influenza and pneumococcal disease, and ways of preventing them or their complications.

Review Date: June 21, 2011

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Pan American Health Organization

The Pan American Health Organization (PAHO), Regional Office for the Americas of the World Health Organization (WHO), was formerly known as the International Sanitary Bureau. It is composed of 35 member governments in the Americas and three European governments. PAHO, in its centennial year of existence, serves the health needs of the population of the Americas. The Organization continuously strives to address the health problems and inequities of the Americas, so that all citizens of the Region may lead socially and economically productive lives. PAHO's website provides general information about both itself and WHO, answers inquiries, and provides information on a variety of international health subjects in English and in Spanish.

Review Date: July 01, 2008

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Program for Appropriate Technology in Health (PATH)

PATH is an international nonprofit organization that transforms global health through innovation. We take an entrepreneurial approach to developing and delivering high-impact, low-cost solutions, from lifesaving vaccines and devices to collaborative programs with communities. Through our work in more than 70 countries, PATH and our partners empower people to achieve their full potential. Headquartered in Seattle, Washington, PATH operates offices in 34 cities in 23 countries. PATH currently works in the areas of health technologies, maternal and child health, reproductive health, vaccines and immunization, and emerging and epidemic diseases.

Review Date: July 02, 2008

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World Health Organization

The World Health Organization (WHO) came into being on April 7, 1948 when the 26th United Nations member ratified its Constitution. The objective of WHO is the attainment by all peoples of the highest possible level of health. In support of its main objective, the WHO has a wide range of functions including the following: to act as the directing and coordinating authority on international health work; to promote technical cooperation; to assist Governments, upon request, in strengthening health services; to furnish appropriate technical assistance, and in emergencies, necessary aid; to stimulate and advance work on the prevention and control of epidemic, endemic and other diseases; to promote, in cooperation with other specialized agencies where necessary, the improvement of nutrition, housing, sanitation, recreation, economic or working conditions and other aspects of environmental hygiene; to promote and coordinate biomedical and health services research; to promote improved standards of teaching and training in the health, medical and related professions; to establish and stimulate the establishment of international standards for biological, pharmaceutical and similar products, and to standardize diagnostic procedures; and to foster activities in the field of mental health, especially those activities affecting the harmony of human relations. WHO also proposes conventions, agreements, regulations and makes recommendations about international nomenclature of diseases, causes of death and public health practices. It develops, establishes and promotes international standards concerning foods and biological, pharmaceutical and similar substances.

Review Date: January 05, 2009

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