The following is an update from the Wisconsin Immunization Program.

Wisconsin Student Immunization Law: 2020 Annual School Webinar

The Department of Health Services Immunization Program, along with Louise Wilson from the Department of Public Instruction, will be holding a webinar on the Wisconsin Student Immunization Law on Wednesday, August 26, 2020, at 1:00 p.m. The webinar will cover the 2020-2021 school year reporting requirements.

Please go to Adobe Connect at the time of the webinar. There is no registration required. Please note, attendees will need access to a computer with working speakers or a headset, as there will not be a conference line to call.

Immunization Reporting Updates for the 2020-2021 School Year

Every school is required by Wisconsin law (Wis. Admin. Code ch. DHS 144) to submit the report to the local health department by the deadline. Failure to do so will result in the mandatory exclusion of non-compliant children in the subsequent school year. See the school booklet for further details.  If you need assistance with this process, please reach out to your local public health agency for guidance.

This year we will continue to utilize an online process for schools to report to the local health departments (LHDs) and the state. The Program informed schools that the report was being revised to include specific vaccine details, however, due to the COVID-19 pandemic, we are giving schools two options for reporting:

The paper reports for both options are available in the school booklet and should be used as a guide. The data will be submitted through a REDCap survey and does not require a login or password.

School Immunization Compliance Results from the Previous School Year are Available Online

Schools and districts should review their compliance results from the previous school year using the links below. Public school districts and private schools with less than 99.00% of students in compliance during the previous school year are required to exclude non-compliant students during this coming school year.

Maintaining Childhood Immunizations

Although routine vaccination is something that people may not be thinking about during the COVID-19 pandemic, it is important to keep in mind the vaccines that are required for school entry, and how to continue to communicate this with parents. The CDC has resources for maintaining childhood vaccinations during the COVID-19 pandemic: Maintaining childhood immunizations during COVID-19 Pandemic.