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William Atkinson, MD, MPH

Assoc. Dir. Immunization Education

Immunization Action Coalition

Dr. William Atkinson is associate director for immunization education at the Immunization Action Coalition, which he joined in 2012. Atkinson attended the University of Missouri – Kansas City School of Medicine with postgraduate training in internal medicine, adult infectious diseases, and preventive medicine, receiving a master’s degree in public health from the Tulane University School of Public Health and Tropical Medicine.
For 25 years, Atkinson was a medical officer at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention where he participated in a variety of immunization-related activities including measles surveillance and outbreak control, creation of technical and training materials for vaccine providers, and the development of national immunization policy. From 1995 through 2012, he was the writer, producer, and presenter for 125 national satellite broadcasts and webcasts on multiple vaccine-preventable disease topics. He is the recipient of numerous awards including the U.S. Public Health Service Distinguished Service medal.

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