Immunizations, also called vaccinations, are one of the greatest achievements in public health. Vaccines prevent disease in people who receive them. Additionally, if enough people in the community are vaccinated, the entire community can be protected because there is little opportunity for an outbreak to occur.
Before vaccines, many children died from diseases like measles, pertussis (whooping cough), and Haemophilus influenzae. Through the introduction of routine vaccinations, these and other vaccine-preventable diseases occur much less often in the United States. However, the viruses and bacteria that cause these diseases still exist. Vaccinations are the best way to prevent these diseases and the serious effects they can cause.
In the spotlight
- UW Madison students need a second dose of Meningitis B vaccine (PDF, 108 KB)
- Take a look as UW student athletes encourage everyone to get their flu shots! public service announcements: Don't get benched by flu | Take one for the team | Flu is nothing to cheer about | Protect yourself and your team | Flu shot will keep you in the game | Who can you protect this flu season? | Have you gotten your flu shot yet?
- Protect your patients from influenza! P-01633 (PDF, 447 KB)
- Influenza prevention and control: 2016-2017 recommendations from the Advisory Committee on Immunization Practices (ACIP) (PDF, 211 KB)
- Update on meningococcal serogroup B disease among UW-Madison students (Nov 14, 2016) (PDF, 231 KB)
- Meningococcal serogroup B disease among UW-Madison students (Oct 20, 2016) (PDF, 72 KB)
- Meningococcal vaccines: learn more about the vaccines that can prevent this serious illness
- Introduction of serogroup B meningococcal vaccine (PDF, 69 KB)
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Wisconsin Immunization Program