|Grace F. Maguire|
As a pediatrician, Maguire has seen patients with almost every vaccine-preventable disease and has long been a vaccine information resource for her medical colleagues.
For many years, she was the primary immunization educator for trainees at the University of Kentucky in the Department of Pediatrics. She led the immunization programs for the university's outpatient clinics and helped develop the state's immunization registry.
Now she is medical director of a clinic that serves a unique population of children — those in foster care and those with birth defects, brain injury, cerebral palsy, and other special health care needs. The clinic, under her direction, assures these children receive all appropriate vaccines, including those indicated for high-risk populations.
“Dr. Maguire's leadership and dedication to protecting vulnerable children against disease is not only admirable, but vital to public health’s work in preventing the spread of communicable disease,” Stephanie Mayfield, commissioner of the Kentucky Department for Public Health, said in a news release.
Each year, the CDC and its foundation honor health professionals and community leaders around the country with immunization-champion awards to acknowledge exemplary individuals who go above and beyond to promote immunization among children in their communities.