Charlevoix Physician Honored for Immunization Efforts


Charlevoix pediatrician Roderic Tinney, M.D., FAAP, recently was named the 2019 CDC Childhood Immunization Champion for Michigan for his efforts to ensure area children are protected from childhood diseases.

The recognition comes from the Association of Immunization Managers and the CDC’s National Center for Immunization and Respiratory Diseases.

“We owe the tremendous success of CDC’s immunization programs to protect the nation’s children from vaccine-preventable diseases to childhood immunization champions like you,” the CDC wrote Dr. Tinney in a letter.

The CDC’s website lists champions from each state with a description of their role in promoting immunizations and the reasoning behind their designation as a “champion.”

“Over the course of Dr. Roderic Tinney’s more than 30 years as a practicing pediatrician, he has seen patients with measles, mumps, pertussis, rotavirus, chickenpox, and meningitis,” the website reads. “Each time a patient suffers with a vaccine-preventable illness, he is reminded of children he grew up with who were afflicted with polio. Dr. Tinney sees how history can repeat itself, so he strongly advocates for vaccines every day.”

Dr. Tinney was presented with the award May 8, during Charlevoix Hospital’s Health Care Team Week.

Read Dr. Tinney’s entire CDC Childhood Immunization Champion profile.