Upcoming WIR Trainings and Resources
Check out our WIR webpage for webinar schedules, recordings of previous webinars, training information and general resources.
Quarterly WIR Education Hours
Join us for our quarterly WIR Education Hours! Dates and times, as well as past recordings, are available on our WIR webpage under Where can I find information about trainings and webinars?
Immunization Education Hour
The California Immunization Coalition is hosting a webinar about partnerships for measurable outcomes in immunization with Managed Care Plans. The webinar is on December 3, 2019, from 2:00–3:00 p.m. Register today!
Information for Local Health Departments Regarding Negative PCR Results for Pertussis
Effective immediately, local health departments are not expected to follow up with negative PCR results for pertussis. Updated EpiNets and a new pertussis memo will be coming in the future to reflect these changes.
Pertussis and Diphtheria Webinar Now Available
A webinar that took place in October 2019 covered the case definition changes for pertussis and diphtheria. The case definition change for diphtheria has been implemented while the case definition for pertussis will be implemented in 2020.
Please note: It also discusses that local health departments are no longer expected to follow up with negative pertussis PCR results.
Webinar Link: https://connect.wisconsin.gov/pg7gwivuxp6o/
Immunization Summit – Supporting Access Expansion and Vaccination Efficiency in Clinics and Communities
The Pharmacy Society of Wisconsin (PSW) is hosting a summit for stakeholders interested in supporting immunization access expansion on Wednesday, February 26, 2020, at Glacier Canyon Conference Center in the Wisconsin Dells from 9:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.
This event is for immunization providers and advocates, including immunization coalition representatives, clinic-based health care providers and teams, pharmacists, health plan leaders, and others with a passion for expanding access to immunizations. You can register online and view the complete schedule. You can also download the PDF registration form and return it to the PSW office by email to firstname.lastname@example.org or fax at 608-827-9292.
To reserve a hotel room at Glacier Canyon Lodge, please call 1-800-867-9453 or go online and use the booking code #774008.
Updated Pertussis Report
The pertussis report has been updated and is now available on the Vaccine-Preventable Diseases page under 2019 Reports. This report summarizes pertussis case occurrence and investigation activity in Wisconsin this year.
Governor Evers Signs Legislation Expanding Access to Immunizations by Pharmacists
The Governor signed a new law that would expand the authority for pharmacists and pharmacy students in Wisconsin to immunize patients, including the elimination of the requirement for a vaccination protocol for vaccines listed in the CDC/ACIP immunization schedules. The Wisconsin Pharmacy Society provided an FAQ document and a summary of the law.
Key Provisions of the Law:
The law allows pharmacists and pharmacy students to provide immunizations following CDC/ACIP guidelines for patients aged 6 and older (no need for a protocol).The law:
- Allows pharmacists and pharmacy students to administer the vaccine pursuant to a prescription order, protocol, or standing order for immunizations not following ACIP guidelines.
- Allows pharmacists to immunize patients under age 6 with a prescription order (prior law did not allow immunization by pharmacists for patients under 6 in any circumstance).
- Requires all pharmacists to update the Wisconsin Immunization Registry (WIR) within seven days of administering a vaccine.