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Wisconsin Immunization Program Update

Monday, November 13, 2017   (0 Comments)
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Staffing Updates

The Immunization Program would like to welcome two new staff!


Chris Steinke is the new financial specialist for the program, and brings significant fiscal experience. She has worked with a number of state agencies over the past 18 years, most recently working with the Department of Employee Trust Funds (ETF). Chris can be reached by email at or by phone at 608-261-8365.

The Vaccines for Children Unit welcomes Ashley Meyer who started on October 2, 2017.  Ashley will be taking over the responsibilities of processing vaccine orders, trouble shooting ordering issues, assisting with the annual re-enrollment and providing customer service to the Wisconsin VFC Providers. Ashley will be the Primary Point of Contact (PPOC) for vaccine issues. Ashley can be reached at 608-266-2346 or via email at 

Lynette Hanson previously held the VFC vaccine manager position and will now be moving on to her new duties as the VFC Coordinator. Lynette had been working in both capacities for almost a year. Lynette can be reached at 608-267-5148 or via email at

The Immunization Program is sad to say goodbye to Ruth Koepke who served in the role of epidemiologist for the Immunization Program. Ruth's work with making immunization data relevant and useful is evident in the Immunization Data web page. Ruth will be starting with the HIV/AIDS program as a Hepatitis C Epidemiologist, still at the Division of Public Health. 

Vaccine Scheduling for High-Risk Patients

The WIR forecasts for a generally healthy person who does not fall into a high-risk category. Due to policy, we are not able to store medical diagnoses within the WIR making it difficult to properly forecast high-risk schedules. Therefore, since WIR does not forecast high risk schedules, a vaccine administered on a high-risk schedule might result in an "invalid" status on the patient’s record. If you see high-risk patients, please look at the high-risk vaccine schedules recommended by ACIP to determine the vaccines and scheduling most appropriate for the patient and counsel your patients regarding this designation in WIR. Visit the CDC website for the high-risk childhood vaccine schedule and the high-risk adult vaccine schedule for reference. 

Epinephrine and Anti-Histamine Products Expiration Date

This is a friendly reminder to check the expiration dates on the epinephrine and anti-histamine products that your clinic carries. This is often overlooked and the danger is that when it is needed it will be expired. Pleased make this a part of your regular policy and procedures so that it is regularly checked  to be current before it is needed.