CONCORD, NH – The NH Joint Legislative Committee for Administrative Rules recently passed the Immunization Information System (IIS) administrative rules establishing an immunization registry in New Hampshire. This secure, confidential, centralized immunization information system will provide many benefits for New Hampshire residents, health care providers, communities, and public health practitioners.
New Hampshire is the final state in the nation to implement an IIS, a recognized component in a standard of care that consolidates a listing of all immunizations an individual has received, providing for a comprehensive and accurate record for both patient and health care provider. It will prevent the administration of duplicate immunizations, especially when a patient may be seen in another health care practice, an emergency room, or an urgent care center. It will also track vaccine lots in one location and during an outbreak of disease it would enable public health officials to identify those who may need vaccination or medication to prevent the spread of potentially life-threatening illness. The IIS will also allow the public to easily obtain comprehensive immunization records they may need for employment, education, travel and other activities.
“We are thrilled that the Legislature has approved the Immunization Information System for New Hampshire,” said Marcella Bobinsky, Acting Director of Public Health at the New Hampshire Department of Health and Human Services. “I want to thank all of the dedicated public officials who worked tirelessly on this effort, including countless hours of research, discussion, and planning across DHHS departments and the State Legislature, who worked hard to ensure that the IIS in our State would meet a high standard for security, confidentiality, and privacy.”
Click here to learn more about the New Hampshire DHHS Immunization Program.
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