DerryNews.com, Derry, New Hampshire

January 26, 2012

Nominations sought for N.H. immunization champion


CONCORD — The New Hampshire Department of Health and Human Services Division of Public Health Services Immunization Program is asking the public to nominate individuals for their work in promoting childhood immunizations.

New Hampshire is participating in the Center for Disease Control and Prevention's 2012 Childhood Immunization Champion Award contest. This annual award acknowledges a person from each of the 50 states and the District of Columbia.

"This is a wonderful opportunity for New Hampshire health-care professionals, coalition members, community leaders, teachers and others to stand proud in their accomplishments in raising childhood immunization rates," said Dr. José© Montero, director of public health at DPHS. "New Hampshire does a good job as a state and we should give ourselves a pat on the back for it. This is a great way to recognize a particular person for all their hard work and commitment."

The CDC Childhood Immunization Champion is an individual who meets one or more of the following award criteria:

Has provided community leadership on immunization rates among infants and young children.

Has used creative and/or innovative strategies to promote infant and young child immunization and meet unique immunization challenges within their community, state or region including, for example, reaching hard-to-reach or under-immunized populations.

Has been a visible immunization champion for infants and young children in a community and/or medical system by acting as a spokesperson, advocate and/or educator.

Has been an advocate for immunization policy advancements.

Nomination forms can be found on the DHHS Immunization Program website, dhhs.nh.gov/dphs/immunization/providers.htm.

All forms should be sent to Marcella Bobinsky, Section Chief, NH Department of Health and Human Services Immunization Program, 29 Hazen Drive, Concord, 03301, by Feb. 10. Call 271-4482.

For more information about childhood immunizations in New Hampshire, visit dhhs.nh.gov/dphs/immunization/children.htm.

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