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Immunization Action Coalition

Biography for Deborah Wexler, MD

Deborah Wexler, MD
Deborah L. Wexler, MD, family physician, is the founder and executive director of the Immunization Action Coalition (IAC), a 501(c)3 nonprofit organization. The organization provides practical immunization information to healthcare professionals and their patients to increase immunization rates and prevent disease. Dr. Wexler is editor of two immunization education publications, Needle Tips and Vaccinate Adults. She is also editor of IAC Express, an electronic immunization information news service emailed weekly to more than 45,000 healthcare professionals. Dr. Wexler is responsible for the development of more than 250 immunization patient handouts and staff educational materials, manuals, and other resources regarding immunization. She oversees the content of two highly utilized websites, www.immunize.org and www.vaccineinformation.org averaging more than 20,000 visitors per day.
Dr. Wexler is deeply involved in national vaccine policy and strategy issues. She serves as consultant to the General Recommendations on Immunization Working Group of CDC's Advisory Committee on Immunization Practices (ACIP), and on several occasions has been invited to give presentations to the National Vaccine Advisory Committee. Dr. Wexler is a long-standing member of the Executive Committee of the National Influenza Vaccine Summit, and also serves on the steering committees of the National Adult Immunization Summit and The 317 Coalition. She co-chairs the national Adult Vaccine Policy Group, and is a member of the Childhood Vaccine Policy Group. She is a member of the Advisory Board of the Vaccine Education Center at the Children's Hospital of Philadelphia, and has served on the Advisory Board of the American Pharmacists Association's Pharmacy-Based Immunization Certificate Program.
Dr. Wexler has received several awards and special recognition for educational activities in immunization and hepatitis B. In 1997, Dr. David Satcher, then Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) Director, presented IAC with the prestigious CDC's Partners in Public Health Award "for outstanding work as healthcare professionals and concerned citizens whose efforts were instrumental in achieving high levels of routine infant hepatitis B immunization." In 2011, she was selected as the honoree of the Every Child By Two (ECBT) Immunization Leadership Award. ECBT, founded by former First Lady Rosalynn Carter and former First Lady of Arkansas Betty Bumpers, is dedicated to protecting all children from vaccine-preventable diseases. Most recently, Dr. Wexler was selected as a recipient of a 2012 American Pharmacists Association (APhA) Immunization Champion Award.
Dr. Wexler earned a B.S. degree in Biology from the University of Minnesota and received her M.D. degree from the University of Minnesota in 1982. She completed her residency training in Family Practice and Community Health in 1986 at the University of Wisconsin.
This page was updated on March 7, 2012
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