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Wisconsin Immunization Program Update

Monday, February 19, 2018   (0 Comments)
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The following is an update from the Wisconsin Department of Health Services and the Department of Public Health.

Upcoming Wisconsin Immunization Registry (WIR) Trainings

These trainings provide you with a hands-on experience using WIR and are designed as a train-the-train model. If you have ever wondered about all the functionality WIR has to offer and how it can benefit your immunization services workflows, consider registering. Who is the class intended for?

  1. Organizations not currently established with WIR (this is a required training for this group)
  2. Existing organizations with new staff who have not yet received training
  3. Current WIR user(s) who are looking for a refresher

The training is FREE and available for anyone to attend. Seating is limited and registration is required. To register or if you have questions, please contact the WIR Help Desk by calling (608)-266-9691.

The currently scheduled training dates are:

  • February 27, 2018  -  Green Bay, 8:30 am-3:30 pm
  • February 28, 2018  -  Wausau, 8:30am-3:30 pm
  • March 13, 2018  -  Milwaukee, 9:00 am-4:00 pm
  • March 21, 2018  -  Milwaukee, 9:00 am-4:00 pm
  • March 28, 2018  -  Madison, 8:30 am-3:30 pm
  • April 3, 2018  -  Wausau, 8:30 am-3:30 pm
  • April 4, 2018  -  Green Bay, 8:30 am-3:30 pm
  • April 12, 2018  -  Milwaukee, 9:00 am-4:00 pm
  • April 17, 2018  -  Milwaukee, 9:00 am-4:00 pm
  • April 25, 2018  -  Madison, 8:30 am-3:30 pm

*Disclaimer: While a particular date and location maybe listed above, seating is limited so availability is not guaranteed. Please contact the WIR Help Desk (number listed above) as soon as possible to register.


The 2018 adult and childhood immunization schedules are available

Please visit the CDC website to obtain a copy of the 2018 childhood/adolescent and adult schedules.


Influenza vaccine supply

Providers looking to purchase influenza vaccine can refer to the Influenza Vaccine Tracking Availability System (IVATS). The website includes information from specific manufacturers and/or distributes who have available vaccine.


Updated Vaccine Information Statements (VIS)

The live vaccine (Zostavax) VIS can be found on the CDC website, as well as the recombinant vaccine (Shingrix) VIS. Additionally, the MMRMMRV, and varicella VISs have been updated.


Video: father of three shares his experiences with oral cancer

Jason Mendelsohn, a father of three, was diagnosed with Stage 4 HPV-related oral cancer after he felt a lump in his neck. To raise awareness about the disease and its prevention, the posted the story of his diagnosis, treatment, and survival in a video which was released on his website called supermanhpv.


Upcoming HPV vaccine webinars

#PreteenVaxScene is hosting a webinar titled, "An Interprofessional Approach to HPV and Oropharyngeal Cancer Prevention Education". The webinar will be on Wednesday, February 21, 2018 from 1:00-2:00 PM CST/2:00-3:00 ET. You can register on the #PreteenVaxScene website.

Scenic Rivers Area Health Education Center (AHEC)-HPV Vaccine webinar titled, "Increasing HPV Vaccination Rates Through Efficient and Effective Communication" presented by Dr. Paul Hunter. It will be held on Thursday March 8, 2018 from 12:00 pm-1:00 pm CST. You can sign up for both webinars on the Scenic Rivers AHEC website.


For local health departments: WEDSS VPD reminders

If negative lab results are reported for measles, mumps or varicella, please import these cases into your jurisdiction and complete the clinical information.  Date of onset relative to laboratory testing is needed to determine the validity of the lab results and ensure the proper case classification. 

Guidance for the follow-up of negative pertussis labs can be found in the Pertussis Surveillance and Control Guidelines.

For confirmed, probable, or suspect cases of any VPD, all data must be completed.  

Please remember that data is analyzed from the fields within the tabs of the WEDSS incident.  Information documented only in the notes or filing cabinet cannot be analyzed.  

Incidents that have been returned to local health departments for additional information will appear within the Jurisdiction Review.  The easiest way to find these incidents is to search for incidents with a process status of “returned to LHD.”

Contact Sarah Born with additional questions at Sarah.Born@wi.gov.