Varicella Surveillance: Current Status and Future Directions

The purpose of this project was to prepare a summary of proceedings and recommendations of a CDC meeting convened by the National Immunization Program, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention to consider requirements for national surveillance of varicella and zoster. The meeting was held in Atlanta on March 12-13, 1998. Representatives of organizations concerned with surveillance of vaccine-preventable diseases (including NIP, the National Center for Infectious Diseases (NCID), the Council of State and Territorial Epidemiologists (CSTE), immunization program managers, the vaccine manufacturer, and academic scientists), met to: discuss the current status of varicella surveillance in the United States; determine the epidemiologic and laboratory capacities required for effective surveillance at the state and national levels; and review proposed immunization coverage and disease reduction goals for varicella.

AGENCY SPONSOR: Office of Program Planning and Evaluation

FEDERAL CONTACT: Chalmers, Nancy
404-639-7085

PIC ID: 7293

PERFORMER: Battelle Memorial Institute, Centers for Public Health Research
and Evaluation, Rockville, MD