CDC Childhood Immunization Champion Award
About the Award
The CDC Childhood Immunization Champion Award recognizes local immunization champions for their outstanding work in the area of childhood immunization. A CDC Immunization Champion will be selected from each of the 50 states and the District of Columbia.
Patrick Zook, MD
Dr. Zook is a family physician with St. Cloud Medical Group. He is also the president of the Stearns Benton Medical Society (SBMS) and a long-standing member of the Minnesota Medical Association. After seeing pertussis (whooping cough) cases rise in Minnesota, as well as in the St. Cloud area, Dr. Zook rallied providers with the SBMS to develop a campaign to promote vaccination against pertussis. The campaign included the creation of fliers for exam rooms, media outreach, booths at health fairs, and establishing a program for community members to get free pertussis vaccination at local pharmacies.
The immunization campaign motivated members of the community to get vaccinated. Pharmacies and health systems participating in the campaign reported increases in the number of pertussis immunizations they gave since the campaign started.
Dr. Zook's leadership and dedication helped raise awareness of the importance of immunization and spurred action among providers and community members to increase pertussis immunization rates.
Read more about Dr. Zook and other Immunization Champions from across the country on CDC's Champion Award Winners website. Attention: Non-MDH link