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Grand Forks schools’ Thompson honored for immunization work

Jody Thompson, assistant superintendent at Grand Forks Public School District, has been named the Childhood Immunization Champion for North Dakota by the national Centers for Disease and Control and Prevention, the district said Monday.

Thompson was among those chosen by the CDC for efforts that go beyond promoting or fostering childhood immunizations in their communities. Each year, the CDC chooses up to one champion from each state.

Thompson was selected for his work providing education about vaccinations to school administrators and continuing vaccination efforts in the district, the district said.

“It’s quite an honor to be recognized,” he said. “But most importantly, it’s a reflection of all the work that goes on at the school level when we conduct our immunization clinics each fall. So, there are a lot of people that make those clinics successful, and I’m just one part of it.”

Immunization program managers from each state are responsible for reviewing and nominating an individual for the award, according to the CDC.

Jennifer Johnson

Jennifer Johnson is the K-12 education reporter for The Grand Forks Herald.  Contact her if you have any story ideas or tips and visit 

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