Kathryn Lafond, MPH

Epidemiologist, Influenza Division, US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention

In her role as an epidemiologist working in the Influenza Division, Epidemiology and Prevention Branch at the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), Katie supports CDC’s international influenza activities, including national and multinational projects to estimate influenza disease burden and vaccine effectiveness and other initiatives to develop the evidence base for influenza policy. Katie also serves as the CDC Program Lead for the Partnership for Influenza Vaccine Introduction (PIVI), which provides low-cost and donated influenza vaccines to low- and middle-income countries, working toward creating self-sustaining seasonal influenza vaccination programs. Katie has also supported multiple CDC-wide emergency health activities, including responding to COVID-19, influenza A(H1N1), and Ebola in West Africa. She received her MPH from Emory University in 2008 and is currently a PhD candidate in Epidemiology at the University of Tampere in Finland, where she was also a Fulbright Student Fellow. She is a co-author of over 50 peer-reviewed publications about influenza burden and control.