Programmatic Activities

Staffing Update

The Immunization Program has had several new additions to our staff in the past few weeks.

We are pleased to introduce the following individuals:

Abby Klemp, Epidemiologist

Abby will be focusing on vaccine-preventable diseases, WEDSS data and school and child care data. She is located in the Madison office and can be reached at or 608-266-9667

Lea Lakes, CDC Public Health Advisor

Lea will be working on WIR training, school law and working with immunization coalitions. She is located in the Madison office and can be reached at or 608-261-8866.

Monica Thakur, Southeast Region Public Health Advisor

Monica is filling in the position vacated by Cathy Edwards and will serve as a resource for the Southeastern region. She is located at the Southeastern Regional Office in Milwaukee and can be reached at or 414-227-3995.

New Immunization-Related Resources

Maternal Immunization

The American College of Obstetrics and Gynecologists (ACOG) released a Committee Opinion titled “Maternal Immunization” in June 2018.  It can be found on their website.

Shingles Vaccine

Two resources from the CDC regarding Shingrix are now available, including:

Webinar titled “Recommendations for the use of Herpes Zoster Vaccines”

Document of Frequently Asked Questions

Communications Guidance

The World Health Organization (WHO) has released a best practice guidance titled “How to respond to vocal vaccine deniers in public”.  This resource can be found on their website.

WIR Passwords- Action Needed!

Beginning July 28, 2018, you will find a new process for resetting your WIR password.  WIR will be implementing a “Forgot Password?” feature, which will make it easier for you to reset your forgotten password.  In preparation for this new feature you will need to ensure your WIR user account is up to date.

How to update your user account:

  1. Log in to your WIR organization
  2. Click manage access/account located on the menu bar at the top
  3. In the navigation under Manage My Account, click Edit My User Account
  4. Your current information will be displayed
  5. Update your information and be sure to include all contact information (address, city, email, phone number, etc.)
  6. To have the ability to reset your own password, an email address must be included on your WIR user account

Please, share this information broadly with your colleagues so that they will be prepared to utilize this long-awaited function!

Once this function is implemented, the first time you log into WIR you will be prompted to establish your profile by selecting and answering five security questions.

Please, watch for additional WIR announcements and other communications that will be forthcoming.

Please do not reply directly to this email message. If you have a question, please email Stephanie Schauer.