Center for Immunization Research and Education (CIRE)
Mission and Goals
Immunizations have been acknowledged as one of the most important advances in public health in the last century, protecting children and adults from dangerous diseases that can cause serious illness or death. Successful immunization programs have helped eradicate smallpox from the globe, nearly eradicated polio, and markedly reduced such diseases as tetanus, measles, mumps, and rubella. Nevertheless, many vaccine preventable diseases persist in the United States and around the world, and vaccination rates are not as high as public health officials would like them to be.
Vaccines have been to be among the most safe and effective therapies we possess. They save lives by preventing outbreaks of disease and even protect those who cannot be vaccinated. Despite all this, vaccine acceptance has declined. The seriousness of many vaccine preventable diseases has faded from collective memory, and some people fear the rare or imagined adverse effects of vaccines more than the diseases they are meant to prevent. Some parents opt not to fully vaccinate their children. As a result, the United States is seeing a return of outbreaks from vaccine-preventable diseases such as measles and pertussis, diseases that had largely disappeared a decade ago. Furthermore, similar unfounded fears and multiple systemic barriers consistently lead to poor uptake of recommended vaccines in adults, significantly limiting the full potential of vaccine benefits in this group as well.
At the Center for Immunization Research and Education (CIRE), our mission and purpose is to address concerning trends in vaccine coverage through education and research and to find ways to improve regional vaccine acceptance and immunization rates in both children and adults. Our goal is to have no one in our region suffer from a vaccine-preventable diseases.
The CIRE is housed within the NDSU Department of Public Health.
North Dakota Child Immunization Rates Rising After Schools Crack Down
ND's kindergarten immunization rates have risen in recent years as officials have joined together to boost vaccinations.
Vaccination Coverage for Select Vaccines, Exemption Rates, and Provisional Enrollment Among Children in Kindergarten - United States, 2016-2017 School Year
Median vaccination coverage was approximately 94% nationwide for kindergartners.
This MMWR article highlights immunization rate increases in North Dakota, and CIRE work is referenced.
Researchers Work to Improve Immunization Rates
NDSU researchers received a grant from the North Dakota Department of Health to help increase adult immunization rates.
Talking with vaccine-hesitant parents takes training and finesse
Lauren Dybsand, MPH, former CIRE graduate research assistant, was interviewed at the American Academy of Pediatrics annual meeting about a CIRE project that assessed provider confidence and...
NDSU Immunization Research to be Published
An important NDSU study about immunization rates in North Dakota schools will be published in the American Journal of Preventive Medicine in December 2017.
Amid Minnesota's measles outbreak, opponents of vaccines step up efforts
North Dakota's Kindergarten Vaccination Rates Increase
The North Dakota Department of Health reported an increase in kindergarten immunization rates during the 2016-2017 school year.
Turning the Tide Against Cholera
A New York Times article detailing how cholera emerged from the swamps of Southeast Asia and how a vaccine may stop outbreaks in the future and save lives.
CIRE AFIX Project Featured on Prairie Public's "Main Street" Radio Program
Project Manager Danielle Pinnick was interviewed about the CIRE's current project aimed at increasing adolescent HPV immunization rates in the state of North Dakota.
Leading infectious disease expert working to increase North Dakota's immunization rates
This NDSU News story highlights the mission and goals of the CIRE, as well as past and current projects.