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CDC honors Aberdeen doctor with Childhood Immunization Champion Award

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE:  Monday, April 23, 2012
Tim Heath, (605) 773-3737 


CDC honors Aberdeen doctor with Childhood Immunization Champion Award


PIERRE, S.D. – The federal Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) is honoring Dr. Erick Temoka, Aberdeen, with a Childhood Immunization Champion award. CDC launched the awards program this year to recognize individuals making significant contributions to childhood immunizations. The awards were announced in conjunction with National Infant Immunization Week, April 21-28.


The pediatrician has helped Avera Medical Group Pediatrics Aberdeen achieve a 90% improvement in the number of patients who are current with immunizations.


“Dr. Temoka takes every opportunity to educate his patients about immunizations, addressing concerns about safety, efficacy, and side effects, regardless of the time it takes,” said Tim Health, Immunization Program Manager for the South Dakota Department of Health. “Whether auditing records to identify kids who are behind on immunizations or contacting parents with reminders, Dr. Temoka and the Avera Pediatrics team are committed to doing what it takes to protect children from life-threatening illnesses.”


“Vaccine-preventable diseases still circulate in the United States and elsewhere. Without the diligent efforts of our champions, these potentially deadly diseases would be an even greater threat to our nation’s children,” said Dr. Anne Schuchat, Director of the CDC’s National Center for Immunization and Respiratory Diseases. “Each of us has the potential to be a champion by protecting children’s health through immunization.”


Dr. Temoka is a member of the American Academy of Pediatrics and is board certified in pediatrics from the American Board of Pediatrics.


Read Dr. Temoka’s profile and learn more about the Childhood Immunization Champion Award program at http://www.cdc.gov/vaccines/champions.