NH DHHS Announces Successful Immunization Outcomes

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

(DHHS), Division of Public Health Services (DPHS) is announcing recently

released data from the National Immunization Survey (NIS) at the Centers

for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) on teen and childhood vaccination

rates in the State. New Hampshire was first in the nation for vaccination

of 13- to 17-year-olds for the Tdap vaccine against diphtheria, tetanus,

and pertussis, immunizing 87.9% of the adolescents in this age group. New

Hampshire vaccine providers have vaccinated nearly three quarters of the

age group against meningitis and nearly 50% against the human papilloma


The system of health care providers, parents, and the New Hampshire

Immunization Program also successfully met the Healthy People 2010 goals of

having 90% or more children vaccinated against critical vaccine preventable

diseases, including tetanus, diphtheria and pertussis, polio, measles,

mumps and rubella, Haemophilus influenza type b, hepatitis B, varicella,

and pneumonia.

“This is definitely something to be proud of,” said Public Health Director

Dr. José Montero, “and I want to commend our staff, New Hampshire’s vaccine

providers, and New Hampshire parents for all their efforts around

vaccination. We can’t forget the school nurses who work tirelessly to make

sure that children are up-to-date on their school vaccinations. Last year,

over 90% of our children were compliant in their school-required

vaccinations. Childcare providers are also among those who work to keep our

children safe from vaccine-preventable diseases. We are fortunate in our

state to have a program that combines State, federal government, and

insurance companies funding to make it possible for all vaccines for

children to be provided free.”

For more information about vaccine recommendations or the DPHS Immunization

Program, visit http://www.dhhs.nh.gov/dphs/immunization/index.htm or call

603-271-4482. To read the NIS reports, go to