NH DHHS - NH Immunization Program Presents Awards at Annual Conference

Concord, NH – The New Hampshire Department of Health and Human

Services’ (DHHS) Immunization Program (NHIP) held its 2014 statewide

conference at the Radisson Hotel in Manchester on March 26, with over 400

attendees. Each year the Immunization Program recognizes health care

provider offices in New Hampshire that achieve a high standard of

excellence in immunization, meeting the Healthy People 2020 goals and

vaccine management standards. DHHS Public Health Director Dr. José Montero

presented ten New Hampshire medical practices the Excellence in

Immunization awards in three categories: (1) Excellence in Vaccines for

Children Program: Childhood Initiatives, (2) Excellence in Vaccines for

Children Program: Adolescent Initiatives, and (3) Excellence in Adult


Excellence in Vaccines for Children Program: Childhood Immunization

Initiatives awards were given to Core Pediatrics Exeter, Doctors Park

Pediatrics, Merrimack Valley Pediatrics, Nashua Pediatrics, and Weeks

Medical Center: North Stratford Physicians. Excellence in Vaccines for

Children Program: Adolescent Initiatives awards were given to Alton Family

Medicine a department of Huggins Hospital, Belknap Family Health

Center–Meredith, Dartmouth-Hitchcock Manchester Pediatrics, Elliot

Pediatrics and Primary Care at Raymond, and Nashua Medical Group. NHIP

identified the following medical practices for Excellence in Adult

Vaccination Initiatives: Central NH Regional Public Health Network, Core

Pediatrics Exeter and Core Pediatrics Plaistow, and the Manchester Health


The keynote speech at the conference was given by Carolyn Bridges, MD,

FACP, Associate Director for Adult Immunizations at the Centers for Disease

Control and Prevention. Dr. Bridges outlined recommendations and coverage

estimates for adult immunizations as well as the barriers doctors commonly

face when trying to keep their adult patients up to date with their

vaccinations. The afternoon session featured the author of the award

winning “The Panic Virus: The True Story of the Vaccine-Autism

Controversy,” journalist Seth Mnookin, who spoke of his experience

researching and writing about vaccines and vaccine safety.

“This year, the Planning Committee did an outstanding job of expanding our

audience beyond our traditional pediatric and family group to include adult

providers,” says New Hampshire Immunization Section Chief Marcella

Bobinsky. “New Hampshire’s adult immunization rates leave much to be

desired, and with last fall’s launch of our ‘Start the Conversation’

campaign, NHIP is placing high value on helping our providers implement

evidence-based practices to achieve the best rates possible—through this

conference, our campaign toolkit, and ongoing provider education. We are

thrilled to have hosted Dr. Bridges who was exceptional in highlighting the

importance of keeping our 18 to 64 population vaccinated.”

“New Hampshire vaccine providers and community programs are committed to

reaching excellent standards of care and seeing that New Hampshire

residents are immunized,” said Bobinsky. “We are confident this good work

will continue and we will see our immunization numbers continue to


Certificates of Appreciation were also given to the New Hampshire Medical

Society, the New Hampshire Nurse Practitioners Association, and the New

Hampshire Nurses’ Association for their co-sponsorship of “Start the

Conversation…,” NHIP’s awareness campaign to increase adult immunizations.

For more information about the New Hampshire Immunization Program visit the

DHHS website at http://www.dhhs.nh.gov/dphs/immunization/index.htm.