North Georgia public health staff honored for immunizations

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The Georgia Department of Public Health recently honored the Whitfield County Health Department's Children's Access Clinic and the North Georgia Health District with 2019 Walt Orenstein Champions for Immunization Awards due to excellence in providing immunization care. Public health staff with the Whitfield County Health Department, from left, are Elizabeth Thomas, Irene Rosales, Krystal Sumner, Racquel Watkins, Jennifer Vick, Ashley Deverell, Pamela Graham, Cyndi Lopez and Doreen Andrew, posing with Sheila Lovett, far right, of the Georgia Department of Public Health Infectious Disease and Immunization Division.

The Georgia Department of Public Health recently honored the Whitfield County Health Department's Children's Access Clinic and the North Georgia Health District with 2019 Walt Orenstein Champions for Immunization Awards due to excellence in providing immunization care.

The district was recognized for conducting a vigorously proactive hepatitis A vaccination and education campaign and for overall vaccine education, and the Whitfield County Health Department's Children's Access Clinic was awarded for going above and beyond the norm to ensure that all recommended vaccines for children and adults are readily available to the community.

"Both awards recognize the ongoing work involved in educating patients on the importance of vaccines and protecting our communities," said Ashley Deverell, North Georgia Health District immunization coordinator. "Our health district's impressive hepatitis A response could not have been achieved without the support of everyone in the district. We are especially grateful for nurses and clerks directly involved in outreach to jails, substance abuse facilities and homeless shelters."

For more information, go to www.immunizegeorgia.com.

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