Dr. John Dunn has been chosen to serve as a member of National Vaccine Advisory Committee, which provides recommendations to the Secretary of Health and Human Services (HHS) on ways to combat the spread of infectious diseases through vaccine development and provides direction to prevent adverse reactions to vaccines.
During the nomination process, Dr. Steve Tarnoff, President and Executive Medical Director of Washington Permanente Medical Group, noted Dr. Dunn’s extensive accomplishments and work in the state to improve immunization rates.
“Dr. Dunn is dedicated to improving vaccination rates, and most recently, he received national recognition as the recipient of the 2016 CDC Childhood Immunization Champion for Washington state. We know that immunizations are one of the most effective ways that we can protect the health of our children, and Dr. Dunn’s efforts to increase access to information and vaccines among families, policy makers, and community leaders throughout the state are not only admirable, they are imperative in a state where we’ve seen vaccine hesitance on the rise.”
Billing Dr. Dunn as an “immunization leader,” Dr. John Wiesman, Secretary of Health for Washington State, wrote that “Dr. Dunn would contribute substantially to furthering the goals and mission of NVAC.”
Members of the committee can serve up to four years. Dr. Dunn will officially begin his term in February.
Dr. Dunn currently serves as the assistant medical director of Preventive Care, the clinical lead for Immunization Population Management, and as a board-certified and practicing pediatrician at Group Health.
He has championed immunizations through his practice as a pediatrician; and in his clinical leadership role he has been instrumental in marked improvements in child immunization rates within Kaiser Permanente’s group practice. In April, Dr. Dunn was recognized by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and the CDC Foundation with the “Childhood Immunization Champion Award” for his work to ensure that children across Washington state are fully immunized before the age of two.