Originally published April 30, 2012
Reviewing, inspecting, and managing more than 7,000 immunization certificates at over 100 sites -including schools, pre-kindergarten, and day care facilities - is no easy task, but you wouldn't know it based on the ease with which nurse Nancy Stackhouse handles the job.
Stackhouse, a licensed practical nurse for the Cherokee County Health Department, was named a CDC Childhood Immunization Champion for 2012.
The CDC Childhood Immunization Champion Award, given jointly by the CDC and the CDC Foundation, honors individuals who are doing an exemplary job or going above and beyond to promote or foster childhood immunizations in their communities.
Stackhouse is known for providing unwavering leadership and support on the immunization front in the city of Canton and throughout the North Georgia Health District. In addition to managing vaccine records, she has led numerous events throughout the community to reach out to parents of infants and young children and offer opportunities for vaccination and education. For eight years, she has organized the "Back to School Immunization Weekend," a campaign to increase the percentage of children who are up-to-date on vaccines when entering school and to inform parents about the importance of infant immunization.
Stackhouse also organized celebrations to recognize children in the community who have been fully immunized and led a church-community vaccine clinic to provide vaccines to eligible children and raise awareness about the benefits of immunization.
In addition, Stackhouse expanded the reach of the immunization program at the Cherokee County Health Department by facilitating a partnership with Children's Healthcare of Atlanta. Together, they launched an annual Kids Care Fair, which focused on immunization.
For her almost 30-year investment spearheading multiple projects to promote childhood immunization in her community, Nancy Stackhouse is recognized as the CDC Immunization Champion for Georgia.
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-Story reprinted with permission from CDC