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 Important Updates from the Immunization Program



ODH Announces 2018 CDC Childhood Immunization Champion


(5/2/2018) The Ohio Department of Health (ODH) Immunization Program announces Dr. Rebecca Brady of Cincinnati Children's Hospital as the 2018 CDC Childhood Immunization Champion. Dr. Brady was on her first pediatric rotation as a medical student at the University of Kentucky when she encountered a patient with meningitis caused by Hib (Haemophilus influenzaetype b). The patient was a four-year-old girl who had not received the Hib vaccine. The young girl spent a long time in the intensive care unit and became deaf as a result of her illness. This case sparked Dr. Brady’s interest in immunizations.


Dr. Brady is a leader of programs, committees, and associations all across the state of Ohio. As the medical director for the Ohio Chapter of the American Academy of Pediatrics, Dr. Brady generates momentum for new programs to improve vaccination rates. Dr. Brady is also the medical director of the Maximizing Office Based Immunization (MOBI) program, which helps healthcare providers understand the importance of immunizations and vaccine administration. MOBI also supplies providers with tools and strategies to address vaccine concerns and improve immunization rates.


Under Dr. Brady’s leadership, the MOBI program has seen a 46 percent increase in provider participation, with more than 730 practices currently enrolled, covering every county in Ohio. Without this program, many parts of Ohio would not have the resources or ability to connect with parents who have questions about vaccines. Whether she’s treating patients at the Cincinnati Children’s Hospital, or supporting healthcare providers across the state, Dr. Brady makes immunization a priority.


For her efforts to improve immunization strategies at practices throughout the state, Dr. Rebecca Brady is Ohio’s 2018 Childhood Immunization Champion.


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 Dr. Rebecca Brady (center).


2017 Supplement to Epidemiology and Prevention of Vaccine-Preventable Diseases, 13th Edition (the Pink Book)


(2/16/2017) The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) released a 12 page Supplement to the 13th edition of the Epidemiology and Prevention of Vaccine-Preventable Diseases (The Pink Book).


The supplement reflects the Advisory Committee on Immunization Practices’ (ACIP) recommendations since the latest publication of the Pink Book in 2015.  The Pink Book supplement is a resource intended for immunization providers and includes updated immunization information on human papillomavirus vaccine, meningococcal vaccines and pneumococcal vaccines.

Visit to view and download a copy of the supplement.


If you have any questions, please contact your VFC consultant or call the Ohio Department of Health Immunization Program at 1-800-282-0546.



Last Reviewed: 5/10/2018