NATIONAL INFANT IMMUNIZATION WEEK – From Manchester Health Department

Press Release

For Immediate Release                    April 23, 2013
Contact Person:  Susan Myers, R.N., M.Ed.        (603) 628-6003 Ext. 335

April 20-27, 2013

National Infant Immunization Week is an annual observance to highlight the importance of protecting infants from vaccine-preventable diseases and celebrate the achievements in building healthy communities through immunization efforts.  Immunization continues to be a successful public health intervention to control and eradicate disease.  Increased immunization rates and the decline in vaccine-preventable diseases has been heralded as one of the top ten public health achievements of the past decade by the Manchester Health Department and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).  

In the 1950s, nearly every child developed measles and it some cases the disease caused fatalities.  Today, few physicians graduating from medical school will ever see a case of measles during their career.  Through immunization, we can now protect infants and children from 14 vaccine-preventable diseases before age two.  In the United States, vaccines have drastically reduced infant death and disability caused by preventable diseases.  Childhood immunization rates for vaccines routinely recommended for children remain at or near record highs.

Tim Soucy, Public Health Director, states, “New vaccines are continually being developed to protect against diseases such as meningitis, whooping cough, flu and cervical cancer.  In addition to promoting vaccinations for young children, our efforts must continue in order to achieve and sustain optimal immunization levels for everyone, including adolescents and adults.”

For information on recommended vaccines, residents are encouraged to call their health care provider or the Manchester Health Department at 624-6466.  Immunization clinics are held at the Manchester Health Department on a walk-in basis during the following times. All childhood vaccines are provided at no cost.

Manchester Health Department Immunization Clinics
Monday 1:30-3:30 pm
Tuesday 9:00-11:30 am
Thursday 3:00-6:00 pm

Teens Robbed of I-pod/Cell Phone


MANCHESTER, NH- On Monday, February 11, 2013, at about 6:30 PM, Manchester Police responded to a Clay Street address for a report of a robbery.  On arrival, they met with two 16 year old Manchester teens who reported they had been the victims of a robbery a short time earlier on Somerville Street, near Belmont Street.


According to the boys, they were walking in the area when they were approached by two men, one of whom demanded their belongings, indicating his companion had a gun, although no gun was observed.


One of the boys surrendered his I-pod Nano and Galaxy S3 cell phone and the men left.  They were last seen leaving the area as passengers in an older, dark colored 4-door sedan operated by a third individual who was possibly wearing a red sweatshirt.


The first suspect was described as a white male in his forties, about 6’3” tall with a slender build and dark “stubble” on his face.  He was last seen wearing a dark colored vest and a green “beanie” style hat.  The second man, alleged to have possessed a gun, was described as a clean-shaven white male in his forties with an average height and build.  He was last seen wearing a camouflage shirt and khaki pants.


Anyone with information about this incident is encouraged to contact the Manchester Police Department at 668-8711.  Anonymous tips for cash rewards can be made through Manchester Crimeline at 624-4040 or online at