DHMH Wins National Award for Immunization Program

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A unique initiative among public, private and community sectors to create a school-based vaccination program has resulted in a national award for the Department of Health and Mental Hygiene (DHMH).

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The state health department was presented today with the National Influenza Vaccine Summit's Overall 2006-07 Season Activity award for its "innovative and collaborative approach" to vaccinate school-aged children aged five to 11 for seasonal flu. The project was also noted as a valuable preparation tool for a possible influenza pandemic.

The recognition took place during the Centers for Disease Control & Prevention's (CDC) National Immunization Conference in Kansas City.

"Maryland is the first state to reach out to this age group with a statewide influenza vaccination program," said DHMH Secretary John M. Colmers.

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