“Immunization Champ” crowned in Alachua County
The nation has a new champion, right here in Alachua County. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention has named University of Florida Pediatrics Professor Emeritus Parker Small the state’s first “Children’s Immunization Champion.” Small says targeting school children is vital in order to protect the whole community.
Small says related research has proven immunizing just 20% of Florida’s children provides the same protection to the elderly as immunizing 90% of the over 65 population. His campaign to immunize Alachua County public school students has gained significant recognition through the CDC.
More Stories in Health and Science
An 8-year-old boy is suffering from a rare and incurable liver disease, and but his 7-year-old friend wrote a book to help him.
Gainesville residents host a blood drive on Valentine’s Day to honor their grandson who has leukemia.
Air pollution may have adverse effects on pregnant women.
The bill suggests nurse practitioners be allowed to prescribe controlled substances, an action approved in 49 other states.
Local research company Banyan Biomarkers Inc. received a $300,000 grant in January that will go toward continuing studies on protein testing after head injuries. Researchers say the technology will benefit people with a high risk of frequent head trauma, such as athletes and military personnel.