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WISCONSIN CHILDHOOD IMMUNIZATION CHAMPION HONORED
National Infant Immunization Week is April 21-28
MADISON—During National Infant Immunization Week, state officials are
recognizing Wisconsin’s Childhood Immunization Champion, Dr. Margaret
Hennessy, who received the award last week from the Centers for Disease
Control and Prevention (CDC) and the CDC Foundation.
Dr. Hennessy received the award for providing immunization information
to nearly 400 physician practices in southeast Wisconsin through her work
on Wheaton Franciscan Healthcare’s Immunization Task Force. She also
founded the Racine County Immunization Coalition, which brings together
medical personnel from the county’s major medical centers with school
and county health department nurses to work on immunization topics. She
works as a physician with Wheaton Franciscan Healthcare.
“We congratulate Dr. Hennessy for her leadership and her tireless
efforts to bring healthcare professionals together to ensure that
Wisconsin infants are vaccinated against the many preventable diseases,”
said Karen McKeown, Division of Public Health Administrator. “Champions
like Dr. Hennessy help protect children’s lives and health and reduce
the threat of these diseases.”
National Infant Immunization Week is an annual observance to highlight
the importance of protecting infants from vaccine-preventable diseases and
celebrate the achievements of immunization programs in promoting healthy
communities nationwide. This is the first year for the CDC’s Childhood
Immunization Champion Awards program.
For information on Wisconsin’s Immunization Program: http://www.dhs.wisconsin.gov/immunization/.
To view a profile of Dr. Hennessy: http://www.cdc.gov/vaccines/events/niiw/champions/profiles.html#W.
To learn more about National Infant Immunization Week: http://www.cdc.gov/vaccines/events/niiw/overview.html.
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April 24, 2012