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Wisconsin Immunization Program Update

Friday, September 29, 2017   (0 Comments)
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HPV Cancer Survivor Stories

Please take a few moments to watch this emotional video about HPV related cancer survivors. This is a powerful reminder to continue to provide a strong recommendation for the HPV vaccine.

Looking for more information and resources about HPV cancers? Register for the 2017 HPV Vaccine Summits or visit the WI HPV Disease page for recent webinars.

2017-2018 University Flu Vaccination Challenge!!!

Lend your support to the University of Wisconsin (or another alma mater) by participating in the University Flu Vaccination Challenge! The purpose of the Challenge is to increase vaccination rates through a friendly competition among participating colleges and universities. You can report your flu vaccination, and earn points for the University of Wisconsin, by completing a short survey. The information that you report is non-identified. You can learn more about the initiator of the challenge, Alana's Foundation by visiting their website. Go Badgers!

Staffing Updates

Our dear colleague, Cathy Edwards, has retired from a long and dedicated career in public health, the last 17 years with the Immunization Program as the Southeastern Immunization Regional Advisor. We celebrate the contributions that she brought over the years, but miss her professionalism and thoughtfulness on a daily basis.

While this position is vacant, we ask that you direct questions regarding school immunization requirements, Vaccine For Children (VFC), and vaccine preventable disease surveillance to Jacqueline Sills Ware at 414-227-4876,

For questions regarding consolidated contracts, please contact Stacey Moyer at 608-266-9316,

HPV Vaccine Communications Campaign

The Wisconsin Immunization Program will be continuing an HPV vaccine communications campaign that started in May of this year and ran through the end of July. The new campaign will run during the month of October in areas of the state with low vaccine up-take. The messaging will focus on reminding parents to vaccinate both boys and girls at ages 11 and 12 with the HPV vaccine. You may hear a variety of advertisements including on the radio and television.

WIR User Group Meetings-Fall 2017

The Wisconsin Immunization Registry (WIR) User Group Meetings are underway. Meetings are open to all WIR providers. If you haven’t already registered or have questions, please, contact your Regional Advisor today!

WIR User Group Meetings-schedule and locations

Tuesday, October 3, 2017, Eau Claire, Registration-8:30, Meeting time-9:00-1:00

Tuesday, October 10, 2017, Franklin, Registration-8:30, Meeting time-9:00-12:00

Thursday, October 12, 2017, Madison, Registration 8:30, Meeting time-9:00-1:00

Wednesday, October 18, 2017, Rhinelander, Registration 8:30, Meeting time-9:00-12:00

Thursday, October 19, 2017, Ashland, Registration 8:30, Meeting time-9:00-12:00

Barcode/Scanners available for local health departments-Update

LHDs who responded to our original announcement about barcode availability (sent early summer 2017) should have already been contacted. If you sent a request and have not heard from us, please, call Kevin Samuelson (608-261-6755).

The Wisconsin Immunization Registry (WIR) Unit has a small supply of barcode scanners (~17) and signature pads (~52) for LHDs at no cost. If you are in need of either (or both) of these items, please send an email with the following information:

  • Local health department name
  • Contact name
  • Address to where they barcode/scanners should be mailed
  • Contact phone number
  • Contact email address
  • The number of barcode scanners needed (example: barcode scanners 2. If none are needed, enter "0")
  • The number of signature Pads needed (example Signature Pad 1. If none are needed, enter "0")

Requests should be emailed to the WIR Implementation Coordinator at