THURSDAY, SEPTEMBER 29, 2016

New Hampshire announces new adult vaccination campaign

The New Hampshire Department of Health and Human Services recently announced the launch of a new vaccination campaign meant to promote conversation between healthcare providers and adult patients.

The Start the Conversation campaign will try to promote two-way conversations between providers and patients that highlight the importance of vaccination throughout a lifetime. The DHHS New Hampshire Immunization Program is collaborating on the campaign with the NH Nurse Practitioner Association, the NH Nurses' Association and the NH Medical Society.

"It doesn't matter how old we are, we all need immunizations to stay healthy," Jose Montero, said the state public health director, said. "Over time immunity from childhood vaccines can wear off and as you get older you might be at risk for different vaccine preventable diseases. This is an opportunity to talk with your provider about vaccinations you may need."

The DHHS sent Start the Conversation campaign toolkits to more than 1,400 providers throughout the state. The toolkits include resources to help providers talk with their patients.

The campaign is based on three key points: vaccines are safe, healthy adults should receive vaccines to protect individuals who cannot and adults should make vaccination a part of routine healthcare.

"We have already confirmed the first case of flu this year in New Hampshire," Marcella Bobinsky, the NHIP section chief, said. "This underscores the message that vaccines are not just for kids - adult vaccines help keep us all safe from vaccine preventable diseases which can pose serious health risks to our loved ones and those in the communities where we live."