Health Department and Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) Give First Annual Immunization Champion Award

Concord, NH - The Immunization Program in the Division of Public Health

Services at the New Hampshire Department of Health and Human Services

(DHHS) celebrates the first New Hampshire Childhood Immunization Champion,

Elaine “Ellie” Radzevich. She is a medical assistant at Greater Hampstead

Family Medicine in Hampstead, New Hampshire.

The award was just launched this year and is given jointly by the Centers

for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and the CDC Foundation to

recognize individuals who are doing an exemplary job or going above and

beyond to promote or foster childhood immunizations in their communities.

“I must say that I am overwhelmed,” said Radzevich. “Thank you for your

kind recognition, however, I owe so much both to Dr.Thomas Cammilleri and

Connie Cammilleri, R.N., at Greater Hampstead Family Medicine who have

provided the opportunity for me to work with their Practice for almost

eight years. Of course, it does not hurt at all to be afforded the vaccine

opportunities that this great State of New Hampshire has created for its

children and adults.”

Success is something of which few can boast, but Elaine Radzevich is among

that small number. Her tireless efforts to immunize all New Hampshire

residents—young and old—have led to this extraordinary success among both

children and adults. The first drive-up flu clinic she organized received a

2011 award for the greatest number of patients immunized against influenza

in the state. But it’s not just her organizational capacity that has led to

Greater Hampstead Family Medicine’s immunization successes. Her hard work

has benefited the center, which also won a prestigious award in 2011 for

giving out more adult zoster vaccine than any other center in their region.

“It is front-line staff such as Ellie who make New Hampshire’s state-wide

program a success,” said Immunization Program Manager Marcella Bobinsky.

“Parents and patients rely on the medical staff to make vaccination

recommendations if New Hampshire is to keep vaccine preventable disease at

bay. We are all grateful for her hard work.”

For more information about the Childhood Immunization Champion Award, go to . For more information

about immunizations in New Hampshire, contact the DHHS Immunization Program

at 603-271-4482 or visit the DHHS website at .