The Oregon Immunization Program is proud to announce that Christine Wysock, RN, ADN, Corporate Infection Preventionist for the Yakima Valley Farm Workers Clinics, has been selected as the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) Childhood Immunization Champion for Oregon. CDC and the CDC Foundation hold this annual awards program to honor immunization champions across the 50 U.S. states, 8 U.S. Territories and Freely Associated States, and the District of Columbia during National Infant Immunization Week (April 16-23, 2016). Christine was nominated and selected from a pool of health professionals, community advocates, and other immunization leaders for making a significant contribution to public health in Oregon through her work in childhood immunization.
In her capacity as a nurse overseeing vaccinations in three of Yakima Valley Farm Workers Clinics, Christine’s efforts to establish and maintain registries for infants and children have proven to be among the most successful in Marion County. Yakima Valley Farm Workers consistently rank among the highest in the county in AFIX reports on immunization coverage. Thanks in part to her efforts to educate her community and advocate for improved immunization practices, vaccination rates have risen in Woodburn from low 70th percentile to the 90th percentile within the county.
Young children rely on the champions in their lives to keep them safe and healthy. When families, healthcare professionals, and public health officials work together, all children can be protected from serious and deadly vaccine-preventable diseases. Christine Wysock is an inspiration to all of us who care about children’s health in Oregon. We are pleased and honored to congratulate her on this well-deserved award.
Please visit the Oregon Health Authority Immunization Program website to read about Christine and Oregon’s other distinguished nominees, Dr. Joel Amundson and Dr. Jay Rosenbloom. http://public.health.oregon.gov/PreventionWellness/VaccinesImmunization/Pages/index.aspx
To read Christine Wysock’s profile on the CDC’s website, and to learn more about CDC’s Childhood Immunization Champion Award program, please visit http://www.cdc.gov/vaccines/champions.