Acting Director, Center for Preparedness and Response, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention
Nancy Messonnier is originally from Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, and came to CDC through the Epidemic Intelligence Service (EIS) program. Messonnier oversees NCIRD, which prevents disease, disability, and death through immunization and by control of respiratory diseases. NCIRD implemented the Vaccines for Children Program—a national program that vaccinates about half of the children in the United States each year. From measles to mumps, polio to MERS, whooping cough to Legionnaires’ disease, seasonal flu to pandemic flu, NCIRD handles age-old diseases and emerging ones.