Created on December 3, 2012, this photograph was captured by U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) Health Communication Specialist, Alan Janssen, M.S.P.H., while he was in the northern Indian state of Uttar Pradesh reviewing the methods, and implementation of the regions measles and polio vaccination programs. These young children had been brought to this vaccination station in order to receive their requisite childhood vaccinations including protection against polio and measles. The older of the two children was holding up the hand of his younger sibling, in order to reveal his left pinkie, which had been marked with ink, identifying him as having received his vaccinations.
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) collaborates with the Government of India, Indian institutions, and international organizations to address a wide range of infectious, and non-communicable diseases. Together the CDC works to strengthen India’s health system to reach national and international goals. CDC opened the first India office in 2001, to support the Life Initiative for HIV/AIDS prevention and control. Today CDC maintains offices in New Delhi and Hyderabad, with staff who supports initiatives originating in the Division of Global Health Protection, the Global Immunization Division, the Division of Global HIV and Tuberculosis, and the Influenza Program.