The following is a message from the Wisconsin Department of Health Services.

‘Know the Site and Get It Right’ to Prevent Vaccine Administration Errors

As influenza season approaches and mass influenza immunization programs may be occurring in your jurisdiction, now is a great opportunity to ensure staff who provide vaccines know how to do them right. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has developed tools for providers and their partners to share with members of their health care setting. These products remind providers about proper influenza vaccine administration techniques to help avoid shoulder injuries and other adverse events.

The materials include links to comprehensive vaccine administration information , a short video on the correct technique for intramuscular injection, an infographic on administering flu vaccine to an adult, and a link to the vaccine administration e-Learn.

How to Decipher a Patient’s Immunization History

A new flyer on how to decipher a patient’s immunization history in Wisconsin Immunization Registry (WIR) has been posted to the Immunization Program website. We hope this will be helpful in answering questions that providers and public health staff have when looking at a patient’s record online. Please take a look at the flyer and use it as you see fit. It can be found on the WIR page of the Immunization Program website underneath the ‘Health Professionals’ section or by clicking the link above.

Wisconsin Immunization Registry (WIR) Webinar Series

When: Thursday, November 8, 2018, 12:00-1:00 p.m.

Link to join (Please join at the time of the webinar. There is no registration requirement to participate)

Topic: Immunization Registry (IR) Administrator Role

Please consider joining us as we review various aspects of the IR Administrator role within WIR. The audience for this presentation would be current and future staff that oversee/manage your organization in WIR.

Unable to attend? Don’t worry, this session will be recorded and made available on our website.

2018-2019 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 (or another alma mater), by completing a short survey. The information that you report is non-identified.

Any college or university can participate in the challenge. To learn more information, email

You can learn more about the initiator of the challenge, Alana’s Foundation, or access flu vaccination education resources by visiting their website. Let’s beat Michigan!

New Hepatitis B Vaccine Information Statement (Hep B VIS)

The CDC updated the hepatitis B VIS earlier this month. To find the VIS in mulitple languages, please visit the Immunization Action Coalition website.