TUESDAY, SEPTEMBER 27, 2016

Dr. Basel Khatib named Michigan Childhood Immunization Champion

The Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) named Dr. Basel Khati the Childhood Immunization Champion for Michigan on Tuesday.

Khatib, a doctor from Dearborn, Michigan, was given the award for his dedication to promoting immunizations throughout his career.

"I've always considered giving immunizations to children a major mission of my career," Khatib said. "I really believe that it should be a pivotal part of the work of any pediatrician. It can be hard at times, but it is absolutely rewarding. Success in this arena can only be achieved through team work. I give all credit to every member of my team. They work relentlessly every day to make sure that our patients get their vaccines on time."

The award is part of National Infant Immunization Week, which lasts from April 26 to May 3. The CDC Foundation and CDC uses the event to acknowledge health professionals and community leaders from around the country who promote childhood immunization in their communities.

"I have to thank all the wonderful families of our patients, and all of the great team members of the Wayne County Health Department," Khatib said. "We take this opportunity to make a pledge not to be complacent, but to work harder every day, because after all, nothing is more rewarding than seeing a smile on the face of a healthy child."