Abramson selected to chair CDC committee on immunization practices

June 29, 2005

Jon S. Abramson, M.D., physician-in-chief of Brenner Children’s Hospital, part of Wake Forest University Baptist Medical Center, has been named chair of the Advisory Committee on Immunization Practices for the Centers of Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), effective July 1.

The Advisory Committee makes recommendations on current immunization practices for children and adults. Abramson will be serving as chair for two years.

“Those of us who care for patients believe that preventing disease is far superior to treating those who become ill,” Abramson said. “Vaccines offer the most cost-effective method we have available to us in medicine for accomplishing this. To that end, I feel working on this committee will allow me to have a substantial impact on developing and implementing preventive modalities against infections affecting infants, children, adolescents and adults in this country.”

Media Contact: Rae Bush (336) 716-6878, rbush@wfubmc.edu; Shannon Koontz (336) 716-2415, shkoontz@wfubmc.edu; or Karen Richardson (336) 716-4453, krchrdsn@wfubmc.edu.

About Wake Forest University Baptist Medical Center: Wake Forest Baptist is an academic health system comprised of North Carolina Baptist Hospital, Wake Forest University School of Medicine and Brenner Children’s Hospital. It is licensed to operate 1,187 acute care, rehabilitation, psychiatry and long-term care beds and is consistently ranked as one of “America’s Best Hospitals” by U.S. News & World Report. Brenner Children’s was named one of the top children’s hospitals in the nation by Child magazine.


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