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Wisconsin Immunization Update

Friday, May 19, 2017   (0 Comments)
Posted by: Kia LaBracke
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Important: Measles Disease Update

As of May 17, 2017, there have been 63 confirmed measles cases in Minnesota. The majority of cases have been in unvaccinated children (ages 0-17) in counties that border Wisconsin. Health care providers are asked to be vigilant about screening for measles disease and to continue to recommend measles vaccination according to the ACIP. The Immunization Program recently posted an updated measles disease fact sheet in English, Hmong, Spanish, and Somali languages which  can be found on the Immunization Program measles disease webpage. For guidance recommendations, please see the Measles Surveillance and Control Guidelines.


Save-The-Date 2017 HPV Vaccine Summits!

Two HPV Vaccine Summits are scheduled for the fall of 2017. The first date is October 18th in Green Bay and the second date is October 26th in Eau Claire. The Summits are offered to vaccine advocates from organizations engaged in activities to improve the health of adolescents and prevent cancer. Registration will open in July 2017. A copy of the save-the-date is posted on the WI-Chapter of the American Academy of Pediatrics website. 


School Immunization Law Compliance Rates for 2016-2017 School Year Now Online

In accordance with the Wisconsin student immunization law, Wisconsin schools are required to exclude non-compliant students in grades Kindergarten through 5th grade if the public school district or the private school had less than 99.00% of students compliant with the law during the previous school year. 

The Wisconsin Immunization Program recently posted on the immunization requirements web-page the compliance rates from the 2016-2017 school year for public school districtsand for private schools. Districts and schools should consult these documents to find their rates and determine if they need to exclude non-compliant students in the fall of the 2017-2018 school year. The overall statewide compliance rates by school year can be found here.

In the coming months, the Immunization Program will post to its website additional school-specific data from the 2016-2017 school year. This will include the percentage of students at each school who met the minimum requirements, the percentage who had a waiver, and the percentage who received no required immunizations and had a waiver for all vaccines. Be on the lookout for an announcement of this new report and how to access it!


Yellow Fever vaccine shortage

There is a yellow fever vaccine shortage in the United States that is expected to last through mid-2018. At this time we are working to ensure that our travel vaccine partners are informed with current information regarding this shortage.  We are working with CDC and the vaccine manufacturer, Sanofi Pasteur, to ensure that we have accurate and up-to-date information to share.  

Please work with your patients to make them aware of the vaccine shortage and ask them to plan accordingly. Please note that vaccine may only be available at a limited number of sites in the state of Wisconsin. Some patients in the northern part of the state may find it more convenient to travel to clinics in Minneapolis, MN.  Please ask travelers who have planned trips to countries where there is a known risk of yellow fever virus transmission to plan a minimum of 8 weeks prior to their departure date to ensure they can receive all travel vaccines in a timely manner. 

For further information regarding vaccines that are needed for travel and information on yellow fever vaccine please review the CDC Travel Website. For additional information on the yellow fever shortage, please view the recent Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report


Mumps update

Since November 1, 2016, 55 confirmed mumps cases have been reported among Wisconsin residents. The last reported onset was April 30th, 2017. For more information please see the latest report.