NH DHHS Announces Adult Vaccination Campaign “Start the Conversation” Campaign

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:

www.dhhs.nh.gov/dphs/immunization/  or follow them on Facebook at