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New Hampshire Immunization Program Receives Four National Awards
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Publish Date:
January 21, 2016

Concord, NH – The New Hampshire Department of Health and Human Services (DHHS), Immunization Program recently received four awards for vaccination coverage from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), Immunization Services Division. Three awards were for Outstanding Progress towards Healthy People 2020 goals in three categories: Children Aged 19–35 Months; Adolescents Aged 13–17 Years; and Influenza Vaccination Coverage among Children 6 Months–17 Years. The fourth award was for the Highest Pneumococcal Vaccination Coverage nationally, among Adults >=65 Years.

"I am extremely proud of the hard work the Immunization Program has done to achieve these goals, but receiving these awards would not have happened without our collaboration with clinicians, parents, the New Hampshire Vaccine Association, and private health insurers. We could not have achieved what we have without the partnership of so many dedicated individuals," said Marcella Bobinsky, Acting Director of the DHHS Division of Public Health Services.

The Immunization Program continues to develop partnerships to increase awareness and promote immunization of specific groups. Having met Healthy People 2020 vaccination goals for two routinely recommended adolescent vaccines, efforts are focused on meeting the goal for the human papillomavirus (HPV) vaccine. One example is Dr. Bobby Kelly of the Family Health Center at Concord Hospital (CHFHC) and the New Hampshire Dartmouth Family Medicine Residency. In 2014, Dr. Kelly worked with the CHFHC clinical staff, State Immunization Program, and teen patients and their parents to increase awareness about the efficacy and safety of the HPV vaccine, with the goal of improving vaccination completion rates at CHFHC. Through this work, Dr. Kelly and CHFHC are working on state-wide initiatives, including clinic-based noon conferences, professional development workshops for nurses, and exploring other non-traditional methods of improving HPV vaccination rates to help decrease the burden of HPV-related cancers.

Another example is Dr. David Rich of Dover Pediatrics who, through a partnership with the NH Immunization Program and six nursing students from the University of New Hampshire, developed educational resources for parents to increase awareness and the uptake of the human papillomavirus (HPV) vaccine.

The Immunization Program looks forward to continued partnerships and progress toward HP2020 goals in 2016, and healthy NH communities throughout the State.

For more information about the Immunization Services Division visit http://www.cdc.gov/ncird/isd.html. To learn more about the DHHS Immunization Program go to http://www.dhhs.nh.gov/dphs/immunization/index.htm.

 
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