(Boston) – April 18, 2015 – Bill Adams, MD, a pediatrician at Boston Medical Center (BMC), has been named a CDC Childhood Immunization Champion for his outstanding efforts to promote childhood immunization in Massachusetts. Adams, a resident of Wayland, is recognized for his dedication to improving how immunization data is used within Electronic Medical Records (EMR) and the development of a high-quality state-wide immunization registry.
When Adams began his tenure at BMC in 1993, he spearheaded efforts at the hospital and later, at the state level, to better capture and manage patients’ immunization information within EMRs. He worked with the Massachusetts Department of Public Health to create the Massachusetts Immunization Information System, a statewide registry that is currently one of the most sophisticated immunization decision support systems in the country.
“It has been a privilege to work with my colleagues across the commonwealth to develop a model system that helps us understand and use our immunization data in order to improve the health of children in Massachusetts,” said Adams, who also is a professor of medicine at Boston University School of Medicine.
Each year during National Infant Immunization Week, the CDC Foundation and CDC honor health professionals and community leaders from around the country with the CDC Childhood Immunization Champion awards. These awards acknowledge the outstanding efforts of those individuals who strive to ensure that children in their communities are fully immunized against 14 preventable diseases before the age of two.
“Ensuring that every child is vaccinated on schedule is particularly important given the current measles outbreak, which has affected more than 150 people across the country since the beginning of the year,” said Dr. Anne Schuchat, Assistant Surgeon General for the United States Public Health Service and Director of CDC’s National Center for Immunization and Respiratory Diseases. “We could not achieve our goal of protecting children without those committed individuals who are promoting immunizations at the state and local levels.”
CDC Childhood Immunization Champions were selected from a pool of health professionals, coalition members, community advocates, and other immunization leaders. State Immunization Programs coordinated the nomination process and submitted nominees to CDC. One winner was selected in each of the 33 participating states and the District of Columbia.
For profiles of other CDC Childhood Immunization Champion award winners, please visit http://www.cdc.gov/vaccines/champions.
About National Infant Immunization Week
National Infant Immunization Week (NIIW) is an annual observance to highlight the importance of protecting infants from vaccine-preventable diseases and to celebrate the achievements of immunization programs in promoting healthy communities throughout the United States. Each year, during NIIW, communities across the U.S. celebrate the CDC Childhood Immunization Champions. These award recipients are being recognized for the important contributions they have made to public health through their work in childhood immunization.