ORCHARD PARK, N.Y. (WIVB) — During National Infant Immunization Week (NIIW), a local woman was nationally recognized for her work as a pediatrician.
For 25 years, Dr. Colleen Mattimore has practiced pediatrics and is known for her advocacy of childhood vaccinations.
As an employee of Western New York Pediatric Associates in Orchard Park, Mattimore has been recognized by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention as a Childhood Immunization Champion.
“Having physicians like Dr. Mattimore in New York is important to protecting our children, schools and communities from outbreaks of serious diseases,” said Commissioner of Health Dr. Howard A. Zucker. “Her dedication to increasing vaccination rates has had a profound impact on the health of children in western New York. I’d like to congratulate her on receiving this recognition from the CDC.”
In the past, Mattimore’s efforts have been recognized by the Erie County Department of Health, the American Academy for Pediatrics (AAP) and the Western New York Pediatric, Adolescent and Adult Immunization Coalition.
Mattimore’s work includes her creation of the Vaccine Safety Coalition in 2008. The coalition promoted childhood vaccinations through a multimedia public health campaign.
During her advocacy efforts, Mattimore worked with New York Chapter I of the AAP to train doctors, nurses and medical students in the most effective ways to explain the effects of vaccines to hesitant parents.
Along with this, Mattimore has also spoken to parents and schools about vaccinations.
Currently, Mattimore’s office is enrolled in an AAP project designed to increase the amount of vaccinations for human papilloma virus (HPV).