The CDC Childhood Immunization Champion Award is an annual award given jointly by CDC and the CDC Foundation to recognize individuals across the United States who make a significant contribution toward improving public health through their work in childhood immunization.
Vaccination is the best way to protect children against 14 serious diseases before they turn two years old, but not all children receive the appropriate vaccines according to CDC’s recommended immunization schedule. Champions work hard in their communities to make sure children are protected against vaccine-preventable diseases. The Champion Award honors those who are doing an exemplary job or going above and beyond to promote or foster childhood immunization programs in their communities.
Each year, immunization program managers for health departments across the country are encouraged to nominate one individual from their state, district or territory to receive the Childhood Immunization Champion Award. CDC’s National Center for Immunization and Respiratory Diseases confirms states’ recommendations and issues awards during National Infant Immunization Week, the last week in April. Award recipients—past and present—are listed on CDC’s website.
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