September 26, 2013
Concord, NH – The New Hampshire Department of Health and Human Services (DHHS) is announcing the launch of Start the Conversation campaign. The campaign is an effort to promote a two-way conversation between health care providers and adult patients that stresses the importance of vaccination throughout the lifespan. The DHHS New Hampshire Immunization Program (NHIP) is collaborating on the campaign with the NH Medical Society, the NH Nurses’ Association and the NH Nurse Practitioner Association.
"It doesn’t matter how old we are, we all need immunization's to stay healthy,” said NH’s Public Health Director Dr. Jose Montero. "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.”
Start the Conversation campaign toolkits have been sent to more than 1400 providers around the State. It includes resources for providers to help them talk with their patients. The Start the Conversation campaign is based on three key points – vaccines are safe, healthy adults should be vaccinated to help protect those who cannot, and adults should make vaccination a part of routine health care. NHIP worked with the Community Health Institute of Bow to conduct the research for the campaign.
"We have already confirmed the first case of flu this year in New Hampshire,” said NHIP Section Chief Marcella Bobinsky, “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.”
For more information about the campaign visit the Immunization program's web page or follow them on Facebook at VaccinateNH.