PIERRE, S.D. – The federal Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) is honoring Sanford Health’s Dr. Wendell Hoffman, Sioux Falls, with a 2013 Childhood Immunization Champion award. The annual awards recognize individuals making significant contributions to childhood immunizations and were announced in conjunction with National Infant Immunization Week, April 21-28.
“Over his 27-year medical career in South Dakota, Dr. Hoffman has become the leading authority on immunization in the state and is well-known here and throughout the region,” said Doneen Hollingsworth, Secretary of Health. “He is the South Dakota State Medical Association’s spokesman on childhood immunizations and is a vocal advocate on the issue, testifying before the State Legislature on the importance of maintaining the state’s long-standing immunization laws.”
Hollingsworth noted that Hoffman was the driving force and managing editor behind the recent special edition of the South Dakota medical journal, The Story of Immunization. That special issue covers a broad range of vaccination related topics and is being recognized in the state and nationally as a primary resource for healthcare and public health workers.
“Immunization plays a key role in protecting the health of America’s children,” said Dr. Melinda Wharton, Acting Director of CDC’s National Center for Immunization and Respiratory Diseases. “Ensuring that all children are immunized requires a cadre of dedicated health professionals and community leaders nationwide. The Champion awards give us the opportunity to salute these individuals for their service.”
Dr. Hoffman is the Patient Safety Officer for Sanford Health. Read his profile and learn more about the Childhood Champion Award program at http://www.cdc.gov/vaccines/events/niiw/champions/childhood.html.
The South Dakota Medicine special edition, The Story of Medicine, can be found on the State Medical Association’s website, https://www.sdsma.org/sdsma/
Improving South Dakota’s age appropriate immunization for children and adolescents is a key objective of the department’s Health 2020 initiative.