NH best at controlling spread of infectious diseases
The state met eight of the 10 indicators identified by the Trust for America's Health and the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation for prevent and control the spread of infectious diseases, according to their report released Tuesday titled "Outbreaks: Protecting Americans from Infections."
"It seems that New Hampshire is well positioned in both addressing current problems and being able to identify and respond to new problems," Trust for America's Health executive director Jeff Levi said.
New Hampshire failed to meet the federal Health and Human Services standard of vaccinating 90 percent of 19- to 35-month-old children against whooping cough. It also failed to meet the standard of vaccinating at least half its population aged 6 and older against the seasonal flu in 2012-2013, the report revealed.
The state's vaccinated 88.7 percent of children in the recommended age group for whooping cough last year, Montero said.
The state intends to improve these rates by working more closely with clinical providers and the general public to encourage more people to get vaccinated, he said.
Beyond that, "if there is one central function for public health, it is to protect us from things over which we have no control....We as individuals don't have control over infectious disease and that is why we need a strong public health presence," Levi continued.
"I don't want people to get the impression that we have plenty of funding, because we don't," he said.
New Hampshire also developed a climate change adaptation plan that includes focusing on the impact it has on human health. This includes reporting on the rise in tick- and mosquito-borne viruses among the state's population, Levi said.
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