NH DHHS Recognizes National Immunization Awareness Month

Concord, NH - The New Hampshire Department of Health and Human Services

(DHHS) Division of Public Health Services (DPHS) recognizes National

Immunization Awareness Month in August, sponsored by the Centers for

Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), to highlight the importance of

everyone getting vaccinated, especially for the start of the school year.

Vaccination is the single best way to prevent certain communicable


“We all need vaccines to keep us safe and there are different ones

recommended for different stages of life,” said Dr. José Montero, Director

of Public Health at DPHS. “They are not just for children any more, but it

is important that children have all the immunizations they are supposed to

have and the beginning of the school year is a good time to make sure you

and your family are up to date.”

Vaccines help prevent certain diseases such as measles, polio, diphtheria,

and shingles. Many illnesses are being seen again after an absence of

decades, such as pertussis (whooping cough) which is especially dangerous

to very young children, because vaccination rates in some areas are

declining. There are certain vaccines adults should get as well, such as a

tetanus booster every 10 years and a flu vaccine every fall. Seniors are

recommended to certain vaccines and boosters such as the herpes zoster

vaccine for shingles and the pneumococcal vaccine.

Vaccines for children in New Hampshire up to age 19 are provided free

through a partnership among insurance companies, the federal government,

and the State. To get your vaccines and find out which ones you may be

missing, contact your healthcare provider. To learn more about vaccines and

which ones your family may need, visit


or call the New Hampshire Immunization Program at 603-271-4482.