Yale School of Public Health associate professor Dr. Linda Niccolai was named a Centers for Disease Control Childhood Immunization Champion for her efforts to promote childhood immunization in Connecticut. Niccolai was one of 34 recipients of the award nationwide, given out nationally as part of National Infant Immunization Week (NIIW).
[Photo: Dr. Linda Niccolai]
There are 14 preventable diseases for which children should be immunized before the age of two. The awards recognize the efforts of those who work to ensure that children are fully immunized. Dr. Niccolai was recognized for her leadership in addressing barriers to human papillomavirus vaccination. She has worked tirelessly to improve HPV immunization rates, which lag behind nearly all other recommended vaccines.
NIIW is observed annually to highlight the importance of getting children vaccinated to protect them from preventable diseases.
“This is well deserved. We have enjoyed collaborating with Dr. Niccolai and the City of New Haven Health Department looks forward to continuing to work with her,” said Dr. Byron Kennedy, director of health for the New Haven Health Department.