NH DHHS - New Hampshire Meets H1N1 Vaccination Goal

New Hampshire Meets H1N1 Vaccination Goal of 300K by Valentine’s Day

Concord, NH – The New Hampshire Department of Health and Human Services (DHHS) today announced that 302,951 doses of the H1N1 vaccine have been administered as of February 14, 2010, meeting its vaccination goal of 300,000 doses by Valentine’s Day.

“People who have been vaccinated are protecting their loved ones against H1N1 flu, as well as themselves,” said Public Health Director Dr. José Montero. “The more people who have been vaccinated, the more everyone in the State is protected against the possibility of future outbreaks.”

With roughly 23% of the population protected by the vaccine, and about the same percentage of residents protected because of immunity developed from having had the H1N1 flu, almost half of the population is now protected from H1N1 – making it much less likely that future widespread outbreaks can occur.

“It seems that this has been a replacement flu season, where H1N1 became the seasonal flu for this year,” says Dr. Montero. “The typical seasonal influenza strains of the past few years have been almost nonexistent in New Hampshire this flu season. Luckily, the H1N1 vaccine has been just about a perfect match against the novel H1N1 flu strain, and with so many Granite Staters protected we have greatly prevented its ability to spread.”

Many of the doses were delivered at more than 420 public and school-based vaccine clinics organized by health network partners in the State’s All Health Hazard Regions. Now that there is plenty of vaccine available, walk-in clinics are being offered at retail pharmacies, small businesses, and community organizations. The vaccine also continues to be readily available at doctors’ offices, healthcare provider clinics, and hospitals throughout the State.

Rite-Aid, Shaws-Osco, and Walgreens pharmacy outlets are offering walk-in H1N1 vaccination across the State, as are Concentra Medical Centers. Some small businesses are hosting vaccine clinics for their employees, and so are various public and private schools, colleges, retail malls, sporting events and even ski areas throughout New Hampshire. Parents are reminded to be sure that their children who are 9-years–old and younger receive a booster dose to ensure a high level of immunity.

For information about clinics and other H1N1 resources visit www.nh.gov or call the NH Public Inquiry line between 8 and 5 by dialing 2-1-1 or 866-444-4211. Additional H1N1 resources are available at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention website at www.cdc.gov and the US Department of Health and Human Services website at www.flu.gov.