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Daniel Lévy-Bruhl is a medical epidemiologist. After having worked as a free-lance consultant for UNICEF and WHO mainly for the Expanded Program on Immunisation and the Control of Diarrhoeal Diseases Program, he joined the Communicable Diseases and Immunisation Unit of the International Children Center in Paris in 1986. His main activities consisted in training activities in epidemiology applied to vaccination, in conducting operational research and in providing expertise regarding vaccination programs to the Ministries of Health of developing countries. Since 1997, he joined the French National Institute for Public Health Surveillance where he is co-ordinating, within the Infectious Diseases Department, the Unit in charge of the activities related to the surveillance of vaccine preventable diseases. The main function of this unit is to monitor the epidemiological impact of the vaccination activities carried out through the National Immunisation Schedule. The analysis of surveillance and coverage data serves to make recommendations to the Ministry of Health, within the Technical Advisory Board on Immunisation, regarding needed changes in the schedule or in its level of implementation. When a new vaccine is granted a licence, ad hoc analysis is carried out (disease burden studies, mathematical modelling and economic evaluation) to assess the relevancy of its integration in the schedule. The unit is also actively contributing to the expertise for the Ministry of Health regarding large scale health threat control measures (smallpox, SRAS, or currently pandemic influenza).
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Isabelle Bonmarin is a medical doctor, in charge of the influenza surveillance in France. After almost 10 years overseas working with Médecins Sans Frontières, she completed a master on epidemiology at the London School in 1997. She was then trained as an EPIET fellow (The European Programme for Intervention Epidemiology Training) in UK. She joined the Institut de veille sanitaire, the French Institute for Public Health Surveillance, in 2000. Since then she has been working in the vaccine preventable diseases unit, firstly on pertussis, chicken pox, diphtheria and influenza. Since two years, she has been working full-time on influenza.