DHHS through its Immunization Program buys all the recommended vaccines for every child in New Hampshire, regardless of insurance or income.
- How can NH do this?
- By combining New Hampshire (NH) general funds, federal funds and contributions from health insurance companies that do business in NH, DHHS is able to purchase enough vaccine to provide every NH child with all recommended vaccinations. Health plans have been assisting with funding for many years.
- How do I take advantage of this?
- Simply go to your regular health care provider. Your health care provider orders their vaccines from DHHS and will not charge you for those vaccines.
No health care provider can turn you away because you can't pay for the provider to give the immunization (known as the "administration fee"). However, the health care provider may charge an office visit fee. If you are having trouble affording the office fee for immunization visits, speak with your health care provider about options that may be available to you.
- What vaccines does the NH Immunization Program provide?
- For children through age 18, the New Hampshire Department of Health and Human Services, Immunization Program (NHIP) provides all the vaccines recommended in the "Childhood Immunization Schedule, US." Several major medical groups including the Advisory Committee on Immunization Practices, the American Academy of Family Physicians and the American Academy of Pediatrics have approved this schedule.
The NHIP has developed a simplified immunization schedule for New Hampshire healthcare providers. The purpose of a simplified immunization schedule is to consistently administer vaccines at the earliest possible time so that children are protected against vaccine-preventable diseases. This schedule includes all of the routinely recommended vaccines for young children and adolescents. In addition, minimum age and minimum intervals have been incorporated into this schedule.
The vaccines currently provided through NHIP protect against these diseases:
- Haemophilus Influenza Type B (Hib)
- Hepatitis A
- Hepatitis B
- HPV (human papillomavirus)
- Varicella (Chickenpox)
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