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Ensure Access to RSV Immunization for NH Children

TAKE ACTIONEnsure Access to RSV Immunization for NH Children

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Respiratory syncytial virus (RSV) is a common respiratory virus that usually causes mild symptoms but can be more severe for infants and young children. An estimated 58,000-80,000 children under 5 years old are hospitalized each year in the U.S. due to RSV infection. One preventive option to protect babies from severe RSV is an RSV immunization given to infants and young children. An RSV immunization is different from a typical vaccine because it contains monoclonal antibodies, but it provides protection similar to that of a vaccine.

SB 559 will help ensure that the RSV immunization will be available and accessible for all New Hampshire children in the future.

About the Bill

SB 559 expands the definition of a vaccine under the New Hampshire Vaccine Association law to help ensure that the new RSV immunization for infants will be covered under the Association. The NH Vaccine Association facilitates the universal purchase of vaccines for the children of New Hampshire, making them available to every child regardless of their ability to pay. This bill does not add the RSV immunization to the vaccination schedule, meaning that it remains optional for Granite State families.

Take Action

SB 559 has a public hearing on Thursday, April 25 at 2:00 pm at the Legislative Office Building in Room 203. 

Sign In to Support (by midnight on 4/25)

  1. Go to the House Sign In Form on the GenCourt website.
  2. Fill in your personal information.
  3. Select the date: April 25
  4. Select the committee: House Health, Human Services and Elderly Affairs
  5. Choose the bill number: SB 559
  6. Select "I am: A member of the public" unless one of the other labels is appropriate to you. 
  7. Fill in "I'm Representing: Myself" unless you are approved to represent another entity (i.e. your workplace or an organization).
  8. Select "I support this bill." 
  9. Upload or write your written testimony (this step is optional).
  10. Click "Submit."

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Spread the word about the importance of NH children having access to the new RSV immunization.

Bill Status

The Senate voted to pass SB 559 as amended on March 21. The bill has crossed over to the House Health, Human Services and Elderly Affairs Committee, and a hearing has been scheduled for Thursday, April 25 at 2:00 pm at the Legislative Office Building, Room 203

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