New Hampshire Immunization Program 2014 recognizes medical practices, highlights adult immunization

The New Hampshire Department of Health and Human Services said on Friday that it recognized multiple medical practices and organizations for their work in immunization education and implementation with awards at its annual conference.

The Immunization Program 2014 statewide conference drew more than 400 attendees to discuss goals and vaccine management standards.

The keynote speech at the conference was presented by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention Associate Director for Adult Immunizations Carolyn Bridges. She proposed recommendations and coverage estimates for adult patients, and discussed some barriers doctors face in keeping adult patient vaccinations up-to-date.

"This year, the planning committee did an outstanding job of expanding our audience beyond our traditional pediatric and family group to include adult providers," New Hampshire Immunization Section Chief Marcella Bobinsky said. "New Hampshire's adult immunization rates leave much to be desired, and with last fall's launch of our 'Start the Conversation' campaign, NHIP is placing high value on helping our providers implement evidence-based practices to achieve the best rates possible-through this conference, our campaign toolkit, and ongoing provider education."

Certificates of Appreciation were given to the New Hampshire Medical Society, the New Hampshire Nurse Practitioners Association and the New Hampshire Nurses' Association.

"New Hampshire vaccine providers and community programs are committed to reaching excellent standards of care and seeing that New Hampshire residents are immunized," Bobinsky said. "We are confident this good work will continue and we will see our immunization numbers continue to improve."